No Shortage of Wheaties at Castle Sidewalker

by Luke Sidewalker on July 24, 2012

Lincoln Wheat Cent Example
                                                                                                                         Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries,

Seeing the recent headlines of the drought sweeping the country and failing crops (not to make light of that, as it will affect us all), got me thinking of the ‘wheaties’ I have in my found money collection. The wheat penny was minted from 1909 to 1958, and gets it’s name from the two ears of wheat on the reverse of the coin. I think it says a lot about the role that agriculture played in our economy, and the ears of wheat on the penny is testament to that.

So, I know you are desperate to find out how many wheat pennies are in my collection!? Well I have scavenged 14 from the streets of America so far. And here is the list of years and (amounts):

  • 1936 (1)
  • 1939 (1)
  • 1940 (1)
  • 1941 (1)
  • 1942 (2)
  • 1947 (1)
  • 1955 (2)
  • 1956 (1)
  • 1957 (4)

So what are they worth? Hands up who thinks they are worth 14 cents!? Wrong, the wheat penny would seem to be in demand. as per this table from this is what they are worth today:

  • 1936 (10 cents)
  • 1939 (10 cents)
  • 1940 (10 cents)
  • 1941 (10 cents)
  • 1942 (2 x 10 cents)
  • 1947 (3 cents)
  • 1955 (2 x 3 cents)
  • 1956 (3 cents)
  • 1957 (4 x 3 cents)

So the sum total of my wheat penny collection has a “retail” value of 84 cents. Not bad for 14 cents found on the sidewalk! Should I adjust my current balance of money found to reflect the retail value of my wheat pennies?


-Luke Sidewalker
-Current balance $35.56


Oh the Futility!

by Luke Sidewalker on July 14, 2012

The Airplane-Treadmill Conundrum

It’s been a while, but I thought I’d check back in. I was wandering though a parking lot the other day, thinking to myself it had been an age since I’d last ‘discovered and recovered’ some free cash from the sidewalks of America., when sure enough within a few steps a heads up penny presented itself to me. I duly bent down and collected my 3,556th fraction of a dollar since the inception of my adventure. Could it be possible that I willed this cash in to my path? Truth be told, I hadn’t been sidewalking at optimum performance for quite some time, as the lack of blog posts and stagnant total recovered attest to. I had got to the point where I was thinking about leaving the coins I found in place and just tweeting their location for someone more worthy (who also happened to be on Twitter!). My thinking was, it would be a great story to tell one day in the twilight of my life about the million dollars I’d left behind on the sidewalks. What is your opinion, should I just keep a running total of discovered but UN-recovered coins?

The whole futility of the exercise made me realize one thing is for sure, when it comes to getting rich slowly, there are no short-cuts!

-Luke Sidewalker
-Current balance $35.56


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