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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

1943 Copper Penny

In 1943 because of world war 2, the us mint started making pennies out of steel. When they started this they left one sheet in the printing press of copper which produced 40 1943 copper pennies. This is a very sought after collectors item, in 2004 one was sold for $200,000.
Be careful though there has been many fakes.
  • Genuine 1943 copper cents will not be attracted to a magnet. Copper-plated steel cents will exhibit a strong magnetic attraction.
  • Copper cents weigh 3.11 grams. Steel cents weigh just 2.7 grams.
  • The numeral "3" in "1943" has the same long tail as the steel cents. Alterations from later-dated copper cents will be noticeable when compared side-by-side with genuine steel cents.
  • The quality of the strike is exceptionally sharp, especially around the rim, because the soft copper plainchant's were struck with the same (higher) pressure used for the steel cents.
There is believed to be 40, but only twelve have been found so far.

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