Most of us walk down the street, see a penny, and left it there. Pennies are like the ‘extras’ of our society; nobody really wants them.
One Reddit user thought he had just another normal penny, until he took a closer look at it.
There are scores of stories of people finding old coinage, but few of somebody finding a blank penny!
That’s right, this Reddit user came across a penny with no face on it. I guess Abe Lincoln had to go for a walk.
Turns out that “blankface pennies” are not super rare, but they are a cool find. When a minting press misses a coin to be stamped, it is left without an imprint on it, and thus looks like the penny below.
Minting presses typically end up giving these coins away on tours because they are not up to par with the rest of their production.
Here is a side by side comparison of an old and new penny, in case you forgot what the face is supposed to look like:
Other Reddit users responded with much vibrancy, saying things like, “I never wanted a penny more!” or “That looks super cool! Nice find there.”
As it turns out, blankface or “blank planchet” pennies sell for between $1 and $2, thus making them a 10,000% return on investment!