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30 Nov 2021

Coin related items in cereal boxes part 1

| Anakin104

Many adults now regret not begging their parents to buy the Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles, Lucky Charms or Cheerio box that had a what could be very expensive coin, if in good condition. Bah! Who wants a coin? They thought. Wouldn't they want a toy or some other gadget instead? Now those same adults realize the mistake that could have put thousands in their pockets. In this article, I will cover coins given out in cereal in the years 1974 to 1976, 1979, 1988, 1996 and 2000. 1974 to 1976, 1979, 1988In 1974 to 1976, Post came up with an idea that made their cereal pop out like nobody else's cereal did . They put in dinosaur coins in Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles. Don't ask me why Post put dinosaurs on their coins, but a possible theory is that Post wanted to link dinos to the Flintstones. They put some of the most recognizable dinos on coins. They had the era or period of which the dinosaur lived in, and then put a family tree which is basically telling you which ones there are. It was a hit so they brought it back, adding Friuty Pebbles to the cereals that you can buy to get a coin. These coins covered the Cretacous period . In 1988, it was brought back for kids in the next decade, only to be shut down soon after. 1996In 1996, General Mills put an Olympic coin offer to celebrate the Olympics, which were located in Atlanta. The offer probably was send in a dollar to get the coin. People who did send in the amount of money or box received a limited edition coin featuring a sport such as archery, cycling, ice hockey , gymnastics, athletics and luge. (Even though athletics isn't a sport, and I've never heard the sport luge so that's probably not a sport either)These coins sell about eight dollars. Also, to add to the coin, General Mills added six new shapes for the marshmallows, which are three different star marshmallows colored either red,white or blue, a torch and a ball with a golden star inside. 2000The last coin I will talk about is the Sacagawea dollar and millennium cent. In 2000, General Mills put in a Sacagawea dollar with a penny minted in 2000. The coins in the boxes had a great strike. The tail was extremely detailed , which is one of the differences between a Sacawgea dollar coin from the Mint, and from a Cheerios cereal box. One other difference is that their is more feathers on the Cheerio dollar than the ones from the U.S Mint. (The ones put in circulation)Lincoln cents with the Sacagawea dollar go from 1 to 5 dollars if it is still on its page. On the back , it has a certificate of authenticity from the head of the U.S Mint at the time. The Sacagawea dollar coin goes from one hundred dollars to four thousand five hundred dollars.



Level 6

Enjoyed the blog! Thanks for the information! ; )

$4,500 for a Sacagawea? Wow!


Level 7

I enjoyed !the read. I don't eat cereal. Therefore no coins. Thanks for the blog


Level 6

Enjoyed the blog


Level 5

Cheerio dollars and cents are some collectibles that are on my bucket list. Great blog.


Level 4

I have recently been buying the Halloween cereal for the free toy, trying to get a monster figure. I only obtained Count Chocula so far


Level 4

1974 was the oldest coin I saw from cereal


Level 5

Great story. I don't remember these in cereal boxes. I have seen some cheerios cents offered at a local antique store for a modest amount. I did accumulate about 24 autographed baseball cards a few years back by buying cereal. Not worth a fortune, but worth a few dollars maybe. I do like these kind of offers. Surprised I missed out.

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Level 6

Interesting story I remember that as a kid . We use to figh t for the box surprise . Great blog .


Level 6

Good blog. Sadly all the examples are way to new for me. Thanks.

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