Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Bmagold, Jan 25, 2021.
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1943 copper/1944 steel -- there's no way to know how many were made. I'd be really surprised if there aren't undiscovered examples. But I'll never live to find one myself; I'd be struck by lightning too many times first.
1913 V nickel -- there were only five made as far as anyone knows, and they're all accounted for. There was one story of a holder made to contain them that had six holes, but I think there was another explanation for the sixth hole.
1959 wheat -- there's disagreement as to whether there's even one.
1974 aluminum -- they were handed out, then confiscated, and they're illegal to own. I can't picture one circulating; it looks wrong, feels wrong, and no machine would accept it. The only ones that have turned up were handed down, not spent.
The sixth hole was for a copper strike of a buffalo nickel. Col Green had it made up and he thought the copper buffalo was as important as the 1913 nickels, so had a custom holder made.
I would say there is a slight chance another 43/44 offmetal could show up. These seem to be honest errors, so a couple more might have got out.
I do not think a 59 wheat exists.
I would say its almost certain a 1974 cent is still around, hiding in someone's sdb playing the waiting game like the 1933 Double Eagles tried to do.
Im sure a 1974 alum cent exists somewhere, but holding on to come out decades later will jack up the premium
The odds are probably better winning Powerball multiple times than finding one of those coins!
300 million to one, multiple times, (call it three), would be 300,000,000*300,000,000*300,000,000 = 2.7x10 25th power. I think searching bags for a copper 43 or steel 44 would have higher odds, or talking to descendants of 1974 Congressional members and offering a few million for a aluminum cent.
The custom holder actually had 8 holes (I've seen it) it held the five 1913 V nickels, two pattern buffalos and one regular buffalo nickel. After the coins were sold off the holder was in the possession of Eric Newman. It may have been sold in the sale of his collection. If not I don't know where it would currently be.
And yes there are probably still major rarities out there in the wild. In the past decade I think we have had 2 Continental dollars, a silver center cent, two 1943 copper cents, the 4th known 1854 S half eagle, the 4th known 1853 O no arrows half, the 4th Strawberry leaf cent, a 1792 half disme, and possibly a New England III pence show up. And probably others I don't remember. I also believe there are other 1974 aluminum cents out there as well. (I also believe there are probably 4 more 1933 double eagles out there as well.)
More than those, though, I wonder about the 1964 Peace dollars.
Thanks for letting us know. I had read somewhere about the 6 holes and the copper trial buffalo, and the whole "mystery" around the sixth 1913 V nickel. That is where I got that story, and the author debunked it by saying the sixth hole was a buffalo. If you remember, for a very long time the hobby thought there was a sixth one floating around unaccounted for.
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