What is the difference between the mixed and new pennies?

We offer two kinds of Pennies from Heaven.


The mixed pennies are all mixed years and have many different shades from dark to light. As pennies age and are exposed to elements like oxygen, they get a thin coating called a “patina” that is darker than the original color. Unlike rust, which actually destroys the metal underneath, this tarnish actually serves as a protective coating. The regular mixed pennies are mass produced and are cut in all different directions and therefore we charge less than the new pennies.

Regular Pennies

Current Year Pennies

However only the Current Year Pennies are brand new and shiny. We get them uncirculated from the US Mint and they are the nicest, shiniest, and brightest pennies we offer. Also, what makes the new pennies so special is that they always have the shape (cross, angel, heart) at the top not cutting into the year. We have to do each one by hand and is a very slow process. This is one of the reasons they cost more.

2020 Pennies

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