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How Old is Your Penny?

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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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How Old is Your Penny?

In this online activity, learners examine U.S. pennies to find the date each penny was minted or manufactured. Learners enter their data and then are able to see data from other learners. A bar graph spanning from 1909 to 2009 gives learners a visual picture of the spread of penny dates entered as data. Learners can click on a link to find out more about pennies and check out associated activities and resources.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Penny or pennies
  • Computer with internet connection


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Collecting
  • Financial Literacy


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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