Penny Profiler #16



Sharon & Harley Doak.  AKA Mom & Dad.  It has always been the three of us.  Well, not including all the dogs we adopted growing up, but that is another story.  I love looking back at us eating dinner as a family almost every night.  I love that my parents took me out to eat as a small child and it’s something we still love doing today.  My dad is a good eater/diner but he does have limitations so mom and I explore some places without him.  I love that my mom is like MacGyver in the kitchen and can make something from nothing.  And that my dad channels Ed Hume and grows amazing produce in the back yard to support her cooking habits. 

My dad has contributed a bag of the regular pennies and a few rolls of 1943 steel pennies aka the steel war penny or steelie.  It was a variety of the U.S. one-cent coin which was struck in steel due to wartime shortages of copper.

A little history care of Wikipedia: Due to copper use in ammunition and other military equipment during World War II, the United States Mint researched various ways to limit dependence and meet conservation goals on copper. After trying out several substitutes (ranging from other metals to plastics) the one-cent coin was minted in zinc-coated steel.

However, problems began to arise. Freshly minted, they were often mistaken for dimes. Magnets in vending machines (which took copper cents) placed to pick up steel slugs also picked up the legitimate steel cents. Because the galvanization process didn't cover the edges of the coins, sweat would quickly rust the metal. After public outcry, the Mint developed a process whereby salvaged brass shell casings were augmented with pure copper to produce an alloy close to the 1941–42 composition. This was used for 1944–46-dated cents, after which the prewar composition was resumed. Although they continued to circulate in the 1960s, the mint collected large numbers of the 1943 cents and destroyed them.

My folks have and will contribute far more than pennies to this project and a few paragraphs paying tribute seems hardly adequate.  As the doors open for business at Brimmer and Heeltap I can only hope that they will be regular customers that everyone else gets to know them as well.