1943-s copper penny

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  1. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    Or maybe we should ask ourselves if such “tests” are in any way conclusive....

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  3. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    I highly doubt that OP has a 6 figure value coin. All of the 1943 copper cents were probably accounted for after 75 years.
  4. mithril21

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  5. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    And two lin 2017.
  6. mithril21

    mithril21 Member

    At this rate, these coins will only be worth 4 figures instead of 6 in a couple years.
  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    "found in a gumball machine decades ago"
  8. mithril21

    mithril21 Member

    And OP's coin had been in his grandma's coin jar for how many decades?
  9. Rats

    Rats New Member

    Not sure to be honest. It was all dated 1960 and earlier though. The oldest coin I found in it was a 1915.
  10. mithril21

    mithril21 Member

    Interesting. The gumball coin was originally found in 1976. If the most recent coins were from the 1960’s, then this 1943 copper cent would pre-date all the modern Alibaba counterfeits.

    I believe the pedigree of a coin like this is just as important as any diagnostic tests in determining its authenticity. If it can be proven that this coin has been kept in a coin jar for the past ~60 years, then that increases its odds of being a genuine 1943 copper cent.
  11. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

  12. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Well-Known Member

    If it were mine I'd have a few dealers look at it then submit it to PCGS, NGC, or ANACS. Good luck!
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  13. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    At least 2. Two previously unknown, to the numismatic community, coins appeared on the market in 2017. They were in the estate of a former mint employee who was working in the mint in 1943.
  14. markr

    markr Active Member

    Conder101: Maybe the OP's grandma worked at the mint in 1943? :)
  15. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    While they may have come on the market in 2017,
    those coins (the mint worker) were found in 1943.
    And rare coins in the possession of a mint worker, seems highly
    suspicious and illegal to me.
  16. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    You did note I said they were unknown to the numismatic community. Sure the ex-mint worker know about them but no one else.

    And yes the fact he had them, TWO of them, is very suspicious.
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