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New to hobby. What US Pennies should I look for?

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gridironshowcase
Joined: 4-Oct-2017
Posts: 108
Hey Numista. I'm a new collector to the hobby of coin collecting. I decided I wanted to try getting some pennies from the bank to look for some stuff that might stick out i.e. steel and wheats. I ordered a $25 box from my bank. What other pennies should I be looking out for? I already know about steel and wheat pennies, what others are worth keeping? Any advice is appreciated!
What I collect: US, 3rd Reich Germany, Philippines, Ancients, Vatican City, North Korea.
Jesse11
Joined: 30-Dec-2015
Posts: 897
It depends how serious you want to get about looking for errors and variants like doubled die errors, etc. There a variant of the 1998, 1999, and 2000 cents where the reverse used the die from the proof version. It's called "wide AM" because there's a greater than usual amount of space between the A and the M in AMERICA on the reverse.

I don't really go that deep into it, I just collect by date to fill some blue Whitman folders.
Camerinvs
Joined: 19-May-2016
Posts: 1639
Some websites might be useful, such as:

lincolncentresource.com

usacoinbook.com

Also, for errors:

minterrornews.com
gridironshowcase
Joined: 4-Oct-2017
Posts: 108
Quote: "Jesse11"​It depends how serious you want to get about looking for errors and variants like doubled die errors, etc. There a variant of the 1998, 1999, and 2000 cents where the reverse used the die from the proof version. It's called "wide AM" because there's a greater than usual amount of space between the A and the M in AMERICA on the reverse.

​I don't really go that deep into it, I just collect by date to fill some blue Whitman folders.
​That's really cool. Thanks for the information! I'll have to buy a magnifying glass and set up a sorting station in my college apartment.
What I collect: US, 3rd Reich Germany, Philippines, Ancients, Vatican City, North Korea.
halfdisme
Joined: 6-Oct-2017
Posts: 96
The best general guide for U. S. coins is "A Guide Book of United States Coins" by R. S. Yeoman. (Coin collectors and dealers refer to this book as the "Redbook", which is the color of the book.) To get more detailed information on varieties, consider the Cherrypicker's Guides.
My advise to you is to go to your local public library, which will have the Redbooks and may have the Cherrypicker's Guides, and see which is more comfortable for your purposes.
Welcome to the hobby!
gridironshowcase
Joined: 4-Oct-2017
Posts: 108
Quote: "halfdisme"​The best general guide for U. S. coins is "A Guide Book of United States Coins" by R. S. Yeoman. (Coin collectors and dealers refer to this book as the "Redbook", which is the color of the book.) To get more detailed information on varieties, consider the Cherrypicker's Guides.
​My advise to you is to go to your local public library, which will have the Redbooks and may have the Cherrypicker's Guides, and see which is more comfortable for your purposes.
​Welcome to the hobby!
​Ordered a 2016 Redbook for a few dollars to see what it's like. Thanks!
What I collect: US, 3rd Reich Germany, Philippines, Ancients, Vatican City, North Korea.
Oklahoman
Joined: 20-Dec-2015
Posts: 1204
Get many books before you worry about the coin or banknote to get.
KennyG
Joined: 25-Apr-2010
Posts: 4551
If you can get access to one, the greysheet gives a realistic value of coins sold in the dealer market. Keep all wheats, whether to keep for your collection or to sell or trade, and spend all pennies 1959 and after that aren't in your collection.

And of course, have fun collecting. :)
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ALLRED1950
Joined: 2-Jul-2012
Posts: 3620
For me looking for errors or odd balls are fun.
Ghosting

filled numbers or letters

or were the die get a part of the coin ahead stuck in it.

just have a good time with it
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