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One of my favourite things is to get letters and e-mails asking questions about pennies and about my website. I decided that I should share this feedback with everyone - likely someone will ask a question that you’ve got in your mind!

If you have any questions or comments about my collection, please e-mail me at I’d be glad to hear from you!

From "M." on Mar 23, 2017

How do I know if my 1965 penny is worth money? Please message me back.

Rick’s Reply:

Is it a 1965 Canadian penny? If so, it could be worth up to $25 (maybe more), but more likely it will be worth $0.01 to $0.15. To make sure, you should take it into a coin shop and get it appraised.

Good luck! :)

From "G.W." on Nov 29, 2016

Hi Rick.

I'm curious to know the origin of "Canadian" pennies from 1858 and 1859. Canada wasn't even a country until 1867 so I'm intrigued by the designation of Canada on the coins. I'm relatively new to coin collecting and apologize for the naïve question but I'm eager to learn.

Thank you for your time and reply.

Rick’s Reply:

Hi G.W.,

That is a good question! I believe the British referred to Canada as Canada even before confederation (I recall learning about upper and lower Canada way back when!). From what I understand, prior to 1858, money used in the Canadian colonies was a mix of British, US and Spanish money. I believe the British minted a whole heap of 1858 and 1859 coins, in the hopes of stabilizing the economy in Canada.

Because they minted so many coins, it wouldn't be until 1876 that Canada would need new ones minted. I hope that helps! Thanks!


From "A.K." on Oct 31, 2015

Hi Rick,

I think that there is a typo on your site - when you select the year under the heading "What's My Penny Worth", the first year listed is 1958 and I think you meant 1858. I could be mistaken as I haven't used your website very much, in which case I apologize.

Thanks for an interesting site.

Rick’s Reply:

Hi A.K.,

Thank you so much for letting me know about that! That website has been up for years and years, and nobody (including myself!) ever caught that mistake.

And, it reminds me that it is time to update the site. The values on it are from 2006 and I am missing some of the newest ones. Maybe I should ask you to proof read it once I'm done! :)

Thank you again. I really do appreciate it.


From "M." on Jan 21, 2015

Hi Rick,

I have a 1887 Victoria penny in pretty good condition. I'm taking to my favorite coin store to have it looked at this Saturday. I'm really not a coin collector at all. Now Silver that's' my week spot. I'm more of an investor than collector so no matter what, this 1887 Victoria penny will never be as meaningful to me as it would be to someone like you.

Let's make a deal. If it appraises for $20 or more I'll swap you this 1887 penny for a 1ounce Silver Canadian Maple Leaf

Rick’s Reply:

Hi M.,

Thanks for the offer! I sure could use an 1887, but it likely isn’t worth $20 or equivalent to me. You are better off seeing if your coin store will buy it off you, or sell it on consignment. Or you could try ebay...

A fine (F-12) grade 1887 is worth about $8, and that’s more like what I’d probably pay. Besides, I don’t have a 1 ounce silter canadian maple leaf to trade!

Thanks anyway, and best of luck!

From "K." on Feb 24, 2010


I have 1887 penny VF. Is it worth anything?

Rick’s Reply:

Hi K.,

If your penny is graded as "VF-20" by a coin appraiser, then it will likely be worth about $11. :)

Take it in to a coin store to be sure. Thanks!


From "R.S." on Feb 10, 2010


I’m not a collector but have been putting pennies in rolls and just decided I should check the 20 rolls I have on my desk to see if there are any interesting things in them. Have separated and held back ones from the 1970s back, Canadian and US.

Also wondering what the term Maple Leaf beside the 1947 penny was about. Maybe a change during the year but then the maple leaf shows up on Elizabeth pennies following George. Then there was a line about ’Shoulder’ but can’t find it just now, so again explain please.

Are you interested in buying bulk? If so I’ll send you my dated list of pennies.

Pic enclosed of the 2 George pennies. Maybe you can advise as to what grading category these might fit in to give me a more clear idea of grading the coins.


Rick’s Reply:

Hi R.S.!

Here’s the scoop on the 1947 coin:

In 1947 some pennies have a small maple leaf after the date, signifying these coins were actually struck in 1948. This happened when there was a pressing demand in early 1948 for coins of all denominations, yet the mint was still waiting on the revised dies for 1948. Thus, it was decided to modify the 1947 die with the small maple leaf, to allow coins to be produced.

Here’s the scoop on the 1953 coin:

Starting in 1953 and then for the two years following, there were two different versions of Queen Elizabeth on the coins. The initial issue had a high relief portrait on the queen that did not strike well. The relief was lowered and the design enhanced to improve the strike. The result was that the should strap of the Queen’s dress was almost invisible in the first issue, and quite noticable in the second issue. The differences in value of those coins depend on whether the should strap is present or not.

I don’t buy pennies in bulk myself - but if you take them to a coin store, they may be interested. I had a look at your two King George VI pennies, and I’d grade those as somewhere between G-4 and VG-8. The design is still evident on the coins, but most of the fine details in the King’s hair and around the ears has worn off. Still a nice, sharp pair of coins! I’d keep those if I were you.

I hope that helps. Good luck with your collection!



From "M.L." on Dec 30, 2009:

Hello Rick,

I have two penny coins with no engravings on them. I came across them inside a roll of 50. They have the usual outline of the penny coin on both sides but without the engraving on the smooth surface. Would they have a value of a kind to a collector?


Rick’s Reply:

Hi M.L,

It depends on what kind of blanks they are. If they are just solid disks, they are called blanks and probably aren’t worth much. If they have the rims, but are otherwise blank, they are called a planchet and may be worth a bit (maybe 25 cents to a dollar?). If they have a rim and have some but not all of the design struck on them, then they are mis-strikes and could be worth quite a bit.

Do you have a coin store in your area? If so, I’d take them in and ask for an opinion there. I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if I have any in my jars of pennies!

Thanks for the note!


From "L.S." on Dec 18, 2009:

Hello, great site!

I was trying to find a penny from my year of birth..(1983) and i had to look through a lot of change! While i was doing so, I started a collection from 1955 to this year. I thought that for the year 2002, I had 2 different pennies. One where the date is on the obverse side and one where the date is on the reverse side. I thought I had made a little discovery :)

It turns out I had the coin confused with the 1992 cent. I was excited to have thought about mading a discovery!



Rick’s Reply:

Thanks for letting me know about your collection. I started a second collection at work by just going through the pennies that were in my car. I have almost every penny from 1960 to 2009 by just going through loose change! I also found a 1940 and 1950 - sweet! I was suprised that it took me quite a while to find a 1990 penny - I’ll have to check and see if there was a low mintage that year or something.

You’ve got a 1955? That’s pretty sweet. 1953-1955 had some special/rare versions, and you might have one of them. 1924-1927 are some of the hardest small pennies to find. I used to have a 1924 (it’s on my site) but I lost it one day while looking at the pennies with my kids. Likely it was used to buy bubble gum or something! Imagine someone else’s surprise when they look through their change and find a 1924 penny! I’ll have to go buy another one likely.

So it goes! Fun hobby, eh? :)

Take care!


From "J.S." on Nov 15, 2009:

Hi Rick,

I happened upon your webpage by chance and it was interesting to see that you started out with the cardboard folder booklets.
I started collecting pennies at a young age myself and strangely enough, I still have those blue booklets with the cutouts.
I gave up collecting seriously years ago but recently got the urge to continue. Unfortunately, it’s going to be difficult finding pennies dated 1936 and prior at the bank where I used to spend many hours as a youth. Guess I’ll have to deal with the local coin dealer now.

Anyway, you have a nice collection and I also prefer average circulated coin.



Rick’s Reply:

Hi J.S.,

The coin dealers aren’t too bad - at least the one’s I’ve been to. Yeah, they’ve got those pristine pennies for $25 and up, my guy in Barrie also has a book of rough/cheap pennies where I got a lot of my large (pre-1920) pennies for on average less than 10 cents each.

I am still stunned how often I pull out an old (pre-1950) penny out of my loose change. Seems to happen once a month or so! LOL!

Anyway, good luck! I was just 5 coins shy of a complete collection (at least in having one penny for each year) but I lost my 1924 penny earlier this summer - it’s somewhere in my house! But I can’t find it. DOH! That’s one of the expensive ones...

So it goes! The fun of collecting...

Take care,


From "T.S." on Sep 7, 2009

Hi, My name is T.S. and I also collect pennies, but I collect US pennies. That is to say All US pennies. I am a bulk Collector. Every penny I see goes into my collection. All my pennies are sorted and going into a custom display case I made. I would love to hear more about your collection. Mine is updated weeekly on my website: I have several hundred Canadian pennies that got mistaken for a US coin. If you have your coins displayed I would love to see a picture of your display. Thanks Tommy

Rick’s Reply:

Hi T.S.,

Thanks for your e-mail! Sorry it took me so long to respond, but I just found it in my Inbox! WOW! Anyway, that sounds like a pretty nice collection you have. I am certainly going to check out your website right now.

Keep up the great work!


PS: When you’re on my site you can use the navigation on the left to see the actual pictures of each of my coins. :)

From "L.H." on May 27, 2009


I was googlin the canadian penny online and seen your site. I was wondering if you could tell me why or what a penny with a harpe i think is on it and part of a lions paw on one side and the queen on back its date is 2008. was just wondering why it is like that. i have not seen one like it before. curious i guess lol thank you for any help in answering it.


Rick’s Reply:

Hi L.H.,

Did I reply to you on this question before? I think I did, but I don’t have the sent copy in my Inbox. I had a look at the pictures you sent, and I can say that it’s not a Canadian penny. I don’t know what country it’s from, but if you take it to a coin dealer, they will certainly be able to tell you.

Thanks for the question! Keep collecting! :)