Excuse us while we check our wallets, because we just found out that a couple of certain old pennies are worth money today. And when we say money, we mean a lot of money.
At an auction in Denver, Colorado, two very pretty pennies sold for a whopping $500,000. What made them so pretty? They were super-rare coins, which made them valuable to collectors who were willing to cough up some serious cash to get their hands on them. And don't worry, we have the full scoop on the pennies in question, just in case they happen to be clanging around with the rest of your loose change (hey, you never know!).
First off, we have the 1792 penny. This coin was actually lost for 130 years before being found in England, of all places. Plus, it's so old that it's hardly recognizable as a penny at all in the modern day. So we guess it's not a total shock that it fetched $211,500 in the auction.
And then secondly, we have the 1943 Lincoln penny, which is actually worth even more than the super-old one because it was accidentally struck on bronze. This little beauty went for $282,000.
Wow! Who knew that pennies would be worth so much? And to think, they were once only worth one cent. In any case, be sure to inspect the photo below closely of these pricey pennies and see if you have either of them collecting dust in your home.
Who knows? They could be collecting you big bucks instead!