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3:12pm on Saturday, 9th September, 2017:
I'm visiting my dad in Yorkshire over the weekend, and had a look through his 1970s collection of coins that people put into gas meters instead of British coins. This one was among them:
It's an "Indead Head" cent from 1889. Hundreds of millions of these were minted, so it's probably worth about 1 cent. It's just interesting to speculate how come one of these found its way into a British coin-operated gas meter in an attempt to trick it into delivering gas that wasn't being paid for.
I don't think the US mint could get away with manufacturing something like nowadays. Then again, under Trump, who knows?
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