That's the idea, at least. I'm walking westward from New York City for nine months or so.
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be in Oregon when the clock runs out.
If nothing goes according to plan, maybe I'll end up in Peru or Mongolia or Pennsylvania.
You can read all about the details of my trip
if you're so inclined.
It seems that there is a new penny; I had no idea. One more item for the list of things that I’ve learned on this blog.
Should we really be spending money right now to redesign our money? Am I the only one who sees the irony?
I was thinking the same thing Karen…
irony it is…Karen. Makes you want to shake your head…left to right
Yes a new penny!!! I havent seen one yet…WOO HOO good find !!!!
You’d be the only human to find one of these out in BFE!
I’ll be on the look out now!
BFE! I haven’t heard that in a long time, and I actually know what it means. Ha-ha!
Who knew?! It almost looks fake.
You’ve seen the newish Lincoln pennies, yes?
Just another thing to educate your fans about!
I too was shocked to see the new penny arrive in my wallet. I got a few back as change while in Las Vegas on vacation. I have yet to see any here in Pennsylvania where I live though. Kind of reminds me of the K-Swiss symbol.
shhh…Vegas, what happens there stays there.
Would you look at those finely manicured hands?!
Actually, I mean finely manicured nails
Glad to know I’m not the only person that noticed.
Doesn’t everyone check out their coins when they get change?!?!?! (Candice = partial numismatist)
I must get a life! :)
No, I throw change in a coffee can and when it’s full I toss em into Coinstar…
when you find one – let me know where….I might need one two. When Matt finishes what are we to do?????
I guess it makes sense, that if you are traveling the country, you would be the one to find the new penny, vrs us who just sit at home.
It seems it makes it really WORTH it.
Wow, I didn’t know there was anything wrong with the old penny.
This website shows the new 2010 Lincoln penny, and the 4 Lincoln pennies that were released in 2009. Got all the 2009 pennies, but still waiting to get the 2010 in my change one of these days. Guess I’ll have to go to Montana for one!
I had 3 rolls of them on Sunday…..
Looks like a shiney aluminum wrapped “coin” from the old “bag of coins” kids candy from years ago. Used to be sold next to the “candy cigarettes” I think….
The Treasury made such huge fan-fare with the redesigned currency…wonder if the coins feel slighted?
Sure this is not “FOOLS’ GOLD”?
PENNY – for your thoughts as to how the your trek is going so far?
Are you ahead of where you thought you would be?
Are you suprised with the friendly, warm people you have met?
Are you still on the same pair of boots you started with?
Did you forget something you wished you had with you?
The Matt Green Hobo Nation is behind you and hope your journey will continue to be safe and that the people you meet “who you may never meet again” continue to be friendly and supportive.
Nice one, Don.
(Looks like the spell check is working, or you haven’t yet cracked open any Yuengling. Hee hee.)
Thats cool. I have seen like three other new designs on the back of the new penny, but not the one you were holding. I haven’t been on here for awhile, so I got some catching up to do on your travels. Hope everything is going well.
Guess you didn’t get the memo! Hehehe!
Your’s is the first that I have seen. Your nails seem way too clean for a guy leading a hobo’s life.
I like that – the Matt Green Hobo Nation :).
I had no idea there was a new penny :-o.
I had no idea there was a new coin either but in this age of smart phones, online banking, and debit cards… heck, I haven’t had “real” money in my pockets for years. I suppose that when I ask “How many times does Abraham Lincoln appear on the penny?” then the real answer will now be “once”.
There continues to be a debate over eliminating the penny. It supposedly costs 1.7 cents to make (Wikepedia) and the pre-1982 solid copper pennies have a melt value of 2.4 cents. Supposedly there are more pennies currently being saved than there are in circulation (don’t we all have a jar at home that we throw our change in?). A couple of countries, Australia and New Zealand, have eliminated them from their currency. In fact, today’s nickel has the same buying power as a penny of 20 years ago. Kinda gives new meaning to “Buddy can you spare a dime?”
Not one bank in my town has rolls of those new pennies to sell. I called a coin shop and they said check with the U.S. mint. Sure enough, the mint sells two rolls online for $8.95.
(Ever since the indianhead pennies disappeared on the centennial of Lincoln’s birth in 1909, the redesigning of the backs of Lincoln pennies is directly tied to the various celebrations of Lincoln’s birth date. The new shield design was released on his birthday in 2010 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois, following a year-long bicentennial celebration that inlcuded four different coin backs depicting four Lincoln life-stages.)
Considering the current state of the US burgeoning weight in finances, it is unsettling that the treasury is spending more money in manufacturing pennies , which cost more to make than what they are worth. :( :( :()