Better check your change jar Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota! This old copper penny could be worth $60,000 dollars or more!

Like so many other people I don't use as much cash as I used to use for purchases.

It's just so much easier to use a credit or debit card to buy items.

But I do still have a change jar with lots of pennies in it.

Penny Jar-Getty Thinkstock
Penny Jar-Getty Thinkstock

And you can be sure that I will be going through all my change to look for these pennys and other ones that might be worth big bucks!

According to Heritage Auctions a 1943 Copper Lincoln Cent could be worth upwards of $40,000 dollars or more.

Check...This Penny Worth $60,000 Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota-Getty Thinkstock
Check...This Penny Worth $60,000 Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota-Getty Thinkstock

Most 1943 pennies were silverish in color because during World War II the copper was needed to make bullet shell casings.

So in order to save copper most pennies in 1943 were zinc plated steel to make more copper available for the war effort.

1943 Silver Penny-Getty Thinkstock
1943 Silver Penny-Getty Thinkstock

Go Banking Rates pointed out that a rare 1909 Lincoln Penny with “VDB” on it sold at auction for $60,000 dollars.

VDB stands for Victor David Brenner who is a famous sculptor, engraver and medalist who designed the Lincoln cent.

You may or may not have a coin in your change container worth thousands of dollars...but it can't hurt to look! 

This Penny Worth $60,000 Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota-Getty Thinkstock
This Penny Worth $60,000 Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota-Getty Thinkstock

2024 Sioux Falls Area Concert Calendar [UPDATED]

2023 was a banner year for live music in Sioux Falls. Recovery from the pandemic has been strong and Sioux Falls is getting to enjoy so many great live shows.

This year saw Matchbox 20 finally get to play in Sioux Falls after several postponements. Luke Bryan took Sioux Falls by storm. Recently Jelly Roll made lifelong fans when he was in the Sioux Empire.

2024 will continue to see the Denny Sanford PREMIERE Center hosting big-name music acts. Country music is the dominant genre on the calendar, but it's still early.

There are also fantastic shows planned in Brookings, Grandfalls Casino, and The District in Sioux Falls.

Here are the concerts that have been announced for 2024 in and around Sioux Falls.

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

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The 10 Most Redneck Towns in South Dakota

Are you a 'Redneck?' I guess to some people, all of us in South Dakota are rednecks.

If we use the Jeff Foxworthy Scale of Redneckeness, I have, in fact, been too drunk to fish. So by definition, I am a redneck. And so are many people I know.

Not that being from the country is a bad thing, and it can be fun to poke fun at ourselves.

With that in mind, we found that the folks at RoadSnacks put together a list that claims 'These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In South Dakota.'
What is a Redneck?

The dictionary says that a redneck is someone "...who lives in a small town or in the country, especially in the southern U.S., who typically has a working-class job, and who is seen by others as being uneducated and having opinions and attitudes that are offensive."

Well, a few things. First, South Dakota isn't THAT kind of 'south.' We're to the south of North Dakota, but to the north of 'The South.'

Plus that definition sounds awful mean and serious. I thought we were having fun here.

RoadSnacks leaned into the funny, Jeff Foxworthy-based version of a redneck. Then they rounded up select data on places in SD to determine their rankings. RoadSnacks Redneck Criteria:

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates
  • Number of bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of places to get fishing gear
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Bass Pro Shops, and dollar stores nearby

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns



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