Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Jon Zern, Jun 19, 2017 at 4:03 PM.
have a 1943 bronze steel penny. Where could I have it authenticated?
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If it is steel, it is not bronze. If it is bronze it is not steel.
However, you did create an original oxymoron.
Are you saying, you have a bronze 1943?
Chances are you don't.
Is it attracted to a magnet?
If so it's not a real bronze '43.
Then there's no reason to get it authenticated.
Chances are I might not have a bronze penny. All, I can say at this point ai's a 1943 steel penny that is bronze. That is reason wanting to get it authenticated.
So it's a steel cent with a bronze color? That's just environmental damage and doesn't add any value.
Does it look something like this?
Why don't you just post a picture? Of whatever it is you claim to have
I understand your reasoning, sir, and was only trying to save you some money. The rarity and value of a 1943 copper cent doesn't come from its color - it's not simply a steel cent that happens to be copper colored - but from its metal content. You've already admitted that your coin is, in fact, attracted to a magnet, which indicates that it's not of the proper content to be what you're hoping. Please do understand that even beyond plated novelties and knock-offs, plain/average circulated examples of steel cents can discolor, sometimes giving brownish appearance. Without clear photos of the coin I can only speculate as to what it likely is, but unfortunately, the aforementioned magnet fact is sufficient to quite confidently state what it is not.
That said, there may be an exceedingly slim possibility of it being struck on a foreign planchet, and if memory serves me, I believe this has been discussed in one of the many, many, many other threads on this very subject if you wish to look into it. Please do understand that the chances are immeasurably slim though, and in no way am I suggesting this likely.
appreciate the many comments. i was not concerned about the value. maybe i should have stated what would cause it to change color. I do not agree it would turn brown as someone stated. I have a number of steel pennies and they ALL rusted none turn to a color like bronze.
Unfortunately advertisements like this one ( from Numismatic Scrapbook in the 1960) greatly increased the number of 'fake' copper coins around. Probably 1000s for every actual one. They call it a gag. It wasn't illegal because you have to supply the coins, they just copper plated it with 2 coats of coin copper for you.
Hence the repeated suggestion to post photos, carefully choosing words/terms used, and the emphasis on the fact that at this point in time, all one can do is speculate.
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