Thursday, August 9, 2012
Penny For Your Thoughts?
As you all know, we are working on the Casablanca's Dining room, well its coming along and we are nearly ready to pour the concrete and set the support beams. Friend Michael who helped dig the post holes suggested that "when we pour the concrete we should put a penny in it to commemorate the year. I think this is a BRILLIANT idea, so I went to the bank and got two brand new shiny 2012 pennies (so I can lay one face up in the concrete and one face down.)
Public Law 815, temporarily suspended use of copper pennies to ration the metal for use in war time materials. As a result 1943 pennies were struck in steel and copper or zinc plated, which not only made them look like normal pennies but also made them magnetic.
A steel 1943 penny is worth anywhere from 15 Cents to 50 Cents. and Luck be danged I've yet to find one! I've been thought countless jars and all I come up with is 1942's and 1944's!
So this blog post is not only a history lesson but a cry for help! If any of you out there get a minuet would you please, please, PLEASE go through your pennies and see if you cant come up with a 1943 one?! Haha I know my timing is limited as we have to have it when we pour the concrete but maybe just maybe there's one out there!
Please and thank you!
P.S. a quick way to check your penny pile is to spread them out flat and run a magnet over it. Since the pennies are made of steel they will be magnetic!