Can I use a Wheat penny to sort for Wheat pennies?
Short answer…no….Long answer…noooooo.
Here’s why..look at the chart in the Why does my machine reject some wheat pennies?
In the old days, each roll or sheet of copper could have had different alloy content, the purification process just wasn’t good enough, and the Mint had a larger window of acceptable metals in the coins. So…. Each old wheat penny could have slightly different metal/alloy content.