1943 steel penny GREAT SHAPE. & 2 other cents

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by James.R, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    hey, so I looked up on PCGS and seen this penny in great shape like this one and it was priced very very very high. What do you think??

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    Also have a couple other cents I would like opinions on....
    After this I am done asking for a while. I know you guys don't like Newbies comin on here asking opinions on stuff.
    Thank you so much for your time..

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  3. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    No. You have that wrong. Folks here love to help others.
  4. JeffC

    JeffC Hogwarts Numismatist Apprentice Supporter

    Can't say much on prices but that first steel cent looks really nice. I only have reprocessed ones. For these you can also check eBay. Look under "Steel Cent," "Indian Head Cent or Penny," and "2 or Two Cent Pieces." Then filter under "Sold Items" and that'll give you some ideas, going by recent sales.
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  5. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    You have a really nice start to a collection there. I don't see anything of great value, but a lot of history there!
  6. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Crimp your staples with a pair of pliers.
  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    The opposite. This is why CoinTalk was created. You are always welcome to ask any questions.
  8. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    @JeffC has a good idea. Check eBay's sold listings. I have a number of raw coins which I sell on the site. The sold prices are a decent starting point, just don't put too much faith in their grading. Try to judge grade yourself by comparing to grading "How to" on the net. Good luck.
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  9. Nolan Workman

    Nolan Workman Well-Known Member

    Check your IHC for re-punched dates, there are some nice errors there.
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  10. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Always refreshing to see war cents that aren't reprocessed. Well on your way to a nice coin collection!
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  11. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    I wouldn't take that 2 cent piece simply because of the weakness of the word WE in the motto. But then I'm picky about that.
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  12. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    As already stated, we (CT) exists to help others with questions regarding coins, so ask away.
    I think members get better answers if they make separate posts for their coins, rather than lumping them together, but maybe that's just me.
    Your first coin looks to me to possibly be a reprocessed 1943 cent. I say this only based upon the photos you have submitted. I see what appears to be "flow" lines on the field that might be indicative of a coated coin. Check the edge of the coin carefully to tell.
  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    We love to help others. I don't see anything ofvtesl value here. The 1943 steel Cent is sold 6 for $1.00 at my LCS. Yours has the look of being reprocessed.
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  14. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    I agree with Mountain Man the '43 looks reprocessed and the others are questionable also as far as value is concerned. Welcome to CT separate posts would be better. Good luck be safe.
  15. James.R

    James.R Just Here

    Will you guys check out my thread "2 ancient coins" and let me know what you think?
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  16. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Already on it
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  17. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    @James.R. From what I've seen, most members are more than willing to help. IMO the first Steel cent looks like it has the original surface but the obverse looks like it has some circulation wear on it. The 2nd is reprocessed. I agree with those that said none of the coins have much value. Did you buy them?
  18. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    And what do you folks mean when you say a coin has been reprocessed? I've never heard of that term before.
  19. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Replated. 1943 cents from all 3 mints are steel. They replate them with nice shiny new zinc. The term used is reprocessed.
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  20. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    The 1943 steel cents were made of steel with a zinc coating. The zinc oxidized quickly which made them look grey, like the second piece you posted. At least back to the 1960s, coin doctors removed the old zinc and replaced it with new zinc. The resulting coins were much shinier than the original surfaces which were frosty. It looked good to new collectors, but those who knew what the real thing looks like, didn’t like them.

    As for the 1943 Steel cent in Mint State, this one is PCGS graded as an MS-66.

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    I paid $25 for this many years ago. It was too much money at the time, but I was working on a type set, which includes examples of every U.S. coin design. Recent auction prices have been in the $40 to $70 range in recent years. You have to remember that someone spent probably $20 to $25 to get it graded and more for postage both ways. An uncertified one sells for a lot less.
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  21. Chris Winkler

    Chris Winkler Active Member

    I learned the hard way the staples poked holes in cheap plastic on other coins and left a black hole over time. Also i would ditch those cardboard holders with flimsy plastic and go with some sort of archival flip, or air tight container. Good luck, i took a long break from coins dealing with life, and back in full force. I love looking at these old coins!
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