1943-s copper penny

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  1. Rats

    Rats New Member

    found a possible 1943-s copper penny. How do I authenticate it?
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  3. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Why don’t you start by posting a photo here and allow the resident experts give it a look first.
  4. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Weigh it and see if it sticks to a magnet
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  5. Rats

    Rats New Member

    Doesn’t stick to a magnet. The color looks a little off with the pictures but in person it looks like normal wheat cents.

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  6. coin roll

    coin roll Active Member

  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Your statement makes no sense at all o_O
    Do you even know why a 1943 Copper Cent would be an amazing find?

    There should not be any 1943 Copper Cents.. only Steel Cents!
  8. coin roll

    coin roll Active Member

    Thought it was 1948. My bad.
    Wait until you see my next "stupid human trick".
  9. Rats

    Rats New Member

    Any advice?
  10. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    I think @justafarmer is working on mapping 1943 dates and if it matches the obverse and date map of a known 43 s obverse die I would say take it to a trusted coin shop. Not just any shop but do some research and may be someone here can give you advice on a trusted dealer near you so that it can be submitted for authentication to a TPG.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
  11. ilmcoins

    ilmcoins Well-Known Member

    Where did you find it?
  12. Rats

    Rats New Member

    It was in a coin jar my grandma left me when she passed along with a lot of other old coins.
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  13. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    But you need to upload full size images of the obverse and reverse, please.
  14. Rats

    Rats New Member

    Did I not?
  15. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Thumbnails... click the other button for full size
  16. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    This is a fine example of the danger behind his work, which is essentially the same yet less-exacting than a simple photo overlay: it’s only useful in select circumstances. Justafarmer understands this, but others may not and is why it needs to be made clear at every opportunity.

    Additionally, with something like an off metal where it could have been stuck by any die used that year, not matching a known example is in no way suggestive of anything.
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  17. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Correct just another piece of evidence one way or another. Like the magnet, the weight, the look of the piece. Then if enough evidence that says it could be real then take it to a trusted dealer and then to a TPG. There is no hurry in this process but it can take a bit of time.
  18. Rats

    Rats New Member

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  19. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    The last date digit looks like it has a chance. I’m always skeptical though
  20. furham

    furham Good Ole Boy

    NGC has only certified a total of 4 so good luck. It truly would be an amazing find and worth 6 figures.
  21. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    @Rats, 3.1 grams is right on the button for a copper cent. Understand, the S is irrelevant to the composition question, hence I wouldn’t be too hung up on it. Just make sure, before you send it off anywhere, you have good photos of it and documentation of the handoff—as you want the same coin back. Keep us informed, that’s another safeguard, as we see it, and these aren’t bad photos you provided. It goes without saying, good luck with it.
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