Sat 17 May 2008
When it comes to finding things in the backyard sometimes I don’t even have to try. Such was the case of this penny, found on the ground near the hammock while raking leaves in the backyard this morning.
The top two thumbnails (all clickable) are the “before” shots of the front and back and the bottom two are after I cleaned them up a bit. The coin was corroded enough not to be able to make out with any certainy the third digit of the date: 19 6.” Could it be a 1906 penny, which was the year the land was originally deeded? Could it be a 1916, a year or so after the house was built? It was only from scrubbing it with some cleaners that I was shown it to be a 1946 S wheatback penny.
How long it’s been in the ground is anyone’s guess but given its worn condition I’d hazard the full 62 years or not much less.