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Pennywise Illusion Explanation

Penny Word IllusionHere is an illusion of a different type.

I was talking to a friend of mine that has taken up coin collecting rather late in life. He figures it will be cheaper then getting married again. Anyways he went into a coin dealer he knows to talk shop and came across an interesting tidbit.

According to his coin dealer 1972 pennies are significantly more valuable than 1932 pennies.

Now I know that I am a layman and know absolutely nothing about this hobby but this doesn't seem right to me. Can any of you explain to me why this might be?

via Dick Larkin's Motivational & Marketing Moment



Well, it's because

1,972 pennies is worth $19.72

But

1,932 pennies are only worth $19.32

This is another example how we bring our own preconceptions into everything we do. Here many of us saw the image of the penny and the date on the penny and automatically assumed that we were talking about the years 1972 and 1932.







6 comments:

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Anonymous said...

well threason why is simple..my chem teacher told me it...they used to be completely made of copper...that is why..now they have a very very thin sheet of copper....inside is something silver...but not silver...we filed it and then heated it...it melted right out and all we had was copper...but the early ones are nto like that...pure copper

Anonymous said...

I understnad the illusion but often times more recent coins are more valuble than older coins due to how rare they are---how many sold--- how many in circulations etc.

Anonymous said...

I don't get the point, but hey I can play tricks with people with it!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"1,972 pennies is worth $19.72
But
1,932 pennies are only worth $19.32"
I really like that :) but there can be many reasons why and yes it could be cause older pennies were made with pure copper of a higher grade. But another reason could be that the 1972 penny was double stamped makeing it worth more..
I've seen a penny like this before it had a very odd but cool visual effect, It looks like Mr. Lincoln is stuck out farther and if turned just right seems like he's alive and lifting his head off the penny. (and I've heard that if the building side is double stamped the columbs seem almost doubled and look as if they are leaning, also if you look really close the tiny Lincoln looks to be sitting outside the building but he really isn't.)
Alice.. T

Anonymous said...

this penny looks like the "r" in trudt is actually a "p"



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