Nowadays, if ask me, it’s the penny with the Abraham Lincoln Memorial replaced with the E Pluribus Unum shield since 2010.
Pluggers have pocket change.
Yep ! Sure do ! Looking for the steel ones ;-)
And I will continue to do it, just out of habit, if anything.
Mum’s aunt never, ever bent over to pick up anything. When she died the rugs in every room were lumpy – old newspapers, used Kleenex, and money. Lots of money. We collected half a bread bag of coins – silver quarters, Liberty dimes, etc. Both Hubby and my BIL told Mum not to touch the money until they looked at it.
She rolled it and put it in the church offering plate.
I was born in the year of the steel pennies. I have two that I had framed for earrings. I tell friends that they were minted the same year that I was.
Made a little money over the years doing that!
In 2015 I found a 1909 Lincoln penny in my change. (That’s the first year of the Lincoln cent. 100 years after Lincoln’s birth.
I check my change. I just found a 1937 Buffalo nickel in my change.
I stopped looking at coins some time ago. Teh new ones look goofy. Might go through my coin jar when it’s time to take it to the bank to cash the coins in.
I’ve had the same handful of coins on the counter for years.
From today’s Comics Curmdugeon:
The periods at the end of the sentences here really make this one grim. “Oh hey,” the dog-man says, without emotion. “A wheat penny from 1955. Huh.” There’s no joy or excitement in this realization. He’s not even sure why he checks anymore, really. Finding a wheat penny is just another thing that happens to him, from a long list of things that have happened to him, a list that is rapidly accelerating towards its conclusion.
I can see into the future: “Oh, look, a marijuana penny from 2032.”
I think that pluggers are the only ones who still use “money”.
The last Indian head cent I got in change was back in 1971.
A lot of folks don’t even have pocket change anymore. My granddaughter pays for everything with her card. Even a dollar soda.
I cannot recall the last time I paid in cash. I remember as a kid collecting coins under the furniture cushions and from vending machines.
Pre-pandemic there were places we went where we paid cash (small amount purchases – under US$5) plus places that only accepted cash and we used credit cards everywhere else.
During the pandemic we have only used credit cards for the limited number of purchases we made. One Thursday night a month or so ago husband decided to go out for dinner at an Asian buffet we used to go every Friday night. (Thursday on the idea it would be emptier than Friday night.) As we were finishing dinner husband thought of something which he had not had to deal with since early March 2020 – he had to leave a tip and since it is a buffet one pays when one comes in – so the tip cannot be added to credit card. Having not used cash in well over a year he was not sure how much he had in his wallet and he did not have enough – I pulled out my wallet from my pocket and between us we had just enough for the tip. The next time we went out for dinner we raided the cash box of our craft business for enough cash to leave a tip and left a “we owe us” in the box so we would know it was short (not doing craft shows currently so lack of cash in the box not a problem). When we finally had to go to the bank to make unrelated deposits we cashed a check to have enough cash to leave tips for a couple of months.
Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly
June 10, 2017
May 20, 2021