Collector asks for your 1968 pennies

This guy is asking you to send him pennies minted in 1968. He will add it to his collection of other 1968 pennies and put you name on the contributors' list. The current total is 9,887 pennies.

Won't you please help him in this worthy endeavor?

200711300911The 1968 penny collection began on September 27th, 1999 with just a single 1968 penny, and over the years it has steadily grown both in size and the number of contributors.

The goal of this website is to keep the collection growing indefinitely by soliciting 1968 pennies from as many people as possible. This is a group effort.

Everybody who contributes pennies to the 1968 penny collection will be featured on this website.

Quality and condition of pennies is unimportant, as all certifiable 1968 pennies (whether uncirculated & shiny, or well-worn & grimy) are accepted and added to the collection equally.

All pennies are 100% 1968 guaranteed, and this collection is never to be cashed in, as its value as a collector's item is greater than its monetary value.

Of the 4,858,503,583 pennies minted in 1968, an untold number have been forever lost to history, which is why it is important to save the remaining 1968 pennies NOW while they are still relatively easy to find. If every American donated just one 1968 penny, the collection would number in the hundreds of millions.



  1. If he gets even a fraction of the pennies available, that this will have become a fabulous get-rich-quick scheme. I know he said they will never be cashed in, but still.

    … such, I am going to start collecting pennies. Anything from the ’90s will do.

  2. “Of the 4,858,503,583 pennies minted in 1968, an untold number have been forever lost to history, which is why it is important to save the remaining 1968 pennies NOW while they are still relatively easy to find. If every American donated just one 1968 penny, the collection would number in the hundreds of millions.”

    If anyone’s considering making a 1967 or 1969 collection, don’t bother. Unlike the 1968 penny, they’re worthless and have no collector value.

    Um, … (???)

    Actually, besides taking more pennies out of circulation and encouraging those who have argued for the discontinuation of the penny as a part of our currency, this is a pretty cool project. :-)

  3. I’m collecting dollar coins (Eisenhowers and Suzy B’s). There were only some millions of these made, and before they are lost to history, perhaps Boing Boing can assist me in getting people to send me their dollar coins. If every american would just send me a single dollar coin, my collection would number in the hundreds of millions. (If you don’t have such a coin, sending a dollar bill would suffice).

  4. Out of curiosity are all those pennies pure copper? If so I would imagine that the value of the copper would far out weigh the value of the one cent marks.

  5. Pennies haven’t been pure copper since the early 19th century. In 1968 they were actually brass: 95% copper, 5% zinc. Whether the copper would be worth a lot, after you seperated the zinc from it(if you even could, I know bupkiss about metallurgy)… I have no idea. Maybe?

  6. This prompted me to immidiately dig through every penny I had on me. Nothing yet, but I have many more at home :p

  7. The ever helpful Wikipedia:

    As of August 9, 2007, the price of copper is $3.50 per pound and zinc is $1.57 per pound. At these prices, the pre-1982 copper cent contains 2.34 cents worth of copper, which makes them an attractive target for melting by people wanting to sell the metal at a profit. However, the United States Mint, in anticipation of this practice, implemented new regulations on December 14, 2006 which criminalize the melting of cents and nickels and place limits on export of the coins. Violators can be punished with a fine of up to 10 000 USD and/or imprisoned for a maximum of five years.

  8. I am collecting United States currency. Right now, my collection is very small– in fact, a bit too small to interest my landlord (who is also an aficionado of this fine collectible, and hopes to expand his collection by some $400 this coming December 5th.)

    Someday, my two children (who also like to collect the feeling of being warm and safe) would like to inherit my US currency collection, but for now believe it will be better off in the more comprehensive holdings of my landlord.

    Anyone wishing to contribute US currency to this endeavor may begin transfer arrangements by contacting my through my website. Thank you, and happy collecting!

    –Dave X

  9. Not *one* mention of Scrooge McDuck and the Secret of Atlantis [otherwise known as The Sunken City]?!

    He spends the first half of the story convincing everyone in the world to sell him a particular year of coin… then he “loses” all the coins but one over the ocean, drastically inflating the rarity. By the end of the story, he discovers there’s only one duck that can afford to buy the last coin… Scrooge himself.

  10. I don’t know why everyone is so snide about this. I think it is great. I just sent in three 1968 pennies.

  11. Best Internet scam since that lady who convinced strangers to help her pay off the credit card bills that she ran up buying clothes and crap that she didn’t need.

  12. You know, normal people have GICs, RRSPs, mutual funds, etc…those pesky artists just have to be all process-based.

    Does he take Canadian pennies?

  13. I have three gallons of (various year) pennies, and I shall continue to save them until I get to 10 gallons.
    Why? Considering a gallon of pennies is worth around $50, that’s 500 bucks right there. Of course, the look on the banker’s face would be nothing short of priceless.

  14. I don’t give a damn about a greenback dollar, spend it as fast as I can. For a wailin’ song and a good guitar, the only things that I understand, poor boy, the only things that I understand.

  15. My first thought upon reading this was that I had to read the comments. “Those boing boingers will lay waste to this ridiculous charade,” I thought to myself. Well doff your hats and take a bow you ingenious and resourceful commenters you.

  16. hi,
    this is my friend’s web site. i helped him make the first one, but he watched real close and now makes it himself. notable people in our community have donated. our former mayor has given over 200, “don the camera guy” over a 100 picked up off the sidewalk over the years.
    the collection is at “beyond the door” in Lawrence, Kansas. see it and where it is at my web site

  17. I think it’s great. There’s a neat aesthetic about someone putting a lot of effort into an essentially useless project. Like Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements” song. Or my master’s degree.

  18. Thanks, Derald.

    If he gets enough 1968 pennies, will the container full of them acquire magical properties?

  19. I met Gregor a year ago when he had his pennies at “ArtFrames” here in Lawrence. When ArtFranes decided to move in my store, I asked him to set his display up in my store. He has been collecting the 68 pennies for 6 years and is very proud of his accomplishment. He is not out for anything, just to collect the 68 penny. His goal was to have 10,000 by year-end and with this great write-up from boingboing he is receiving pennies in the mail from all over the US. Gregor is a very good friend of many people here in lawrence. I am proud and excited to have his display in my store. My customers are always checking their pockets for the 1968 penny while shopping. Please wish him well!!
    Beyond the Door
    918 Mass
    Lawrence, ks 66044

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