1944 Steel Wheat Penny

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  1. rbrussell

    rbrussell New Member

    Hi, This is my mom's penny, looking to find out the value for her. It's stamped with the Freemason symbol.
     

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  3. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Been plated = damaged. That counter stamp looks like a masonic symbol. The regular unplated cents go for $5-9 on Ebay.
     
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  4. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    It is a Freemasons' symbol and I do sometimes see them on eBay going for a few dollars. I find it fun to find counterstamped coins, especially in circulation! There are a few 1944 steel cents that feature an off-metal error, but these are very rare and your cent appears to be plated. If you wanted to be convinced, you could 1- use a magnet to test if it is magnetic (steel cents will be attracted to a magnet, plated cents won't) and 2- weigh it, since most steel cents are closer to 2.7ish grams and normal copper cents are closer to 3.11 grams. Your cent looks plated, but now you know can know how to tell if a silver-colored cent from 1944 is steel or copper.
     
  5. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Only 1943 cents were steel and have a silver appearance as issued by the US mint. Your coin is plated by a private entity. Probably the same person who counter stamped the piece, likely trying to bring attention to the stamp..... From a coin collectors perspective, it would be damaged. However there are folks that collect counter stamps and others that collect Freemasonry related items. Your coin would likely have more value to those type collectors.
     
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  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's plated so it's damaged. It's also Counterstamped so that's damaged as well.
     
  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    There are around 40 known steel 1944 cents.
    Just valuable mint errors from leftover planchets from the previous year.
     
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  8. rbrussell

    rbrussell New Member

    I checked with a magnet, definitely plated. She has a similar coin in storage somewhere, she thinks its 1943. I'll post that one if we find it. Thanks for the help guys.
     
  9. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Keep in mind that a 1943 cent should appear a silver/steel color.
     
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  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    I've actually got one of those lying around somewhere. No idea where it might be. I'll have to post it when I find it. I think it was on a 1950's Lincoln cent.

    Nice find.
     
  11. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. Glad to help!
     
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