Half Cent

I find a lot of loose change in books, I usually just throw it in the cash register. However, this morning a penny fell out of a paperback and instead of the usual coin-hitting-the-floor sound, I heard a "pink."

I tracked down the penny and was surprised to see it was empty on the other side. I can't image what the purpose of this half coin might be.

Found in "Bush Baby" by Martin Woodhouse. Published by Berkley, 1969.

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  1. I wonder if these people could help you: http://conecaonline.org/

    (The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America)

  2. Check with your local numismatics. If this is a real penny that came from the mint and was improperly cast it could be valuable.

  3. If by "empty on the other side" you mean hollowed out, it's probably half of a hollow "spy" coin, used for caching small things.

    Here's an article on BoingBoing about hollow nickels, and hiding microSD cards in them:

  4. It's a magic trick. Place a dime underneath, and you can amaze your friends by turning that penny lying on your palm into a dime just by passing your other hand over it briefly. I had one when I was a kid.