They stopped making these in 1938. This one was minted in 1923, a year before my mother was born.
You could buy an apple for a nickel back then. Baldwin was still the most popular apple in America.
These coins were growing scarce when I was a kid. I remember being amazed when I got one in change back in the 1980s.
So today I bought some of apples, including some promising heirlooms, from Volante Farms. (You have to love this time of year.) I gave the man a ten and got back a single and some change, including this guy.
How many of these are still in circulation? What are the odds?