Is my 1943 Copper Cent real?

Discussion in 'Frequently Asked Questions' started by National dealer, May 27, 2004.

  1. Mint Mark

    Mint Mark Junior Member

    Gee, Mike...Thanks. I'm glad that I didn't imagine that (I was going to blame it on the 80's). I once had a stack of COINage magazines and several Coin World from 1973-75. Wish I still had them.
     
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  3. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    My favorite old coin world comes from the days when it was still a newspaper.

    It showed the winning designs (all 3) for the bicentennial quarter.

    Interesting to see the line drawings of the Bicentennial Dollar, Half, and Quarter all as they were originally presented, with the denomination "Quarter Dollar".
     

  4. Is this correct? I truely belive i may have one possibly two 1959 wheaties. I could be wrong..but if im not,,,,am i breaking the law by having one?
     
  5. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    There aren't any. The one that exists was produced outside the mint.
     
  6. bdunnse

    bdunnse Who dat?

    How is it you don't know if you have one?
     
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  7. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    I actually found a 1943 Copper Cent! Just last weekend. After years and years of hearing about people searching for them in bags from the bank, and hearing about fakes, etc. Guess it was just my turn. Very sweet coin too, XF.
     
  8. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    John, before you get excited, put a magnet to your coin. If it sticks, it is likely copper plated.

    The odds of finding a genuine copper 1943 cent are not zero, but they are very close to zero.
     
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  9. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Most copper 1943's are altered 1948's.
    Or steel 1943's that have been bronzed.
    It is highly unlikely. Good luck.
    Let's see some photos.
     
  10. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    Not altered 48 and not magnetic. Here is a picture of it. I found it at a coin show. It was too expensive for me to buy at this time (around $250K I think) so I just took the picture and was happy to have seen it. But I did find it, only it was in a locked case....
     

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  11. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    Since there are only 10-15 known to exist it is really quite something just to see a real one.
     
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  12. bdunnse

    bdunnse Who dat?

    lol you found it at the long beach show last month, in the pcgs auction room?
     
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  13. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Yeah thanks for the click bait.
     
  14. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    No, at the Devens, MA coin show.
     
  15. I found a 43' steel that has been plated,magnet test proved it bunk... I'll get a few pics of it. Good thing I'm good with my holding my reserve
     
  16. bryantallard

    bryantallard show me the money....so i can look through it

    wait what?? there is a show at devens? I only heard of the show once a month in westford. when is the devens one?
     
  17. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    The Westford Show moved to Devens, MA in January, 2017. Same show new location. Apparently the hall they were using wanted to raise the rent to something crazy. The Devens show is located in the SPRINGHILL SUITES by MARRIOTT and is nicer although a bit smaller space.

    http://www.coinshows.com/devens_eb.html
     
  18. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    By the way, there is no show on Devens this month. Next show is SUNDAY APRIL 23rd 9am - 3pm. Bryan, is Devens a better location for you?
     
  19. bryantallard

    bryantallard show me the money....so i can look through it

    ty for the above info. i'm not sure which is closer. i'm in Lowell. never had time to make it to westford. I am hoping to this summer though.
     
  20. Electron John

    Electron John Active Member

    Westford was closer for you. Devens will be about 25-30minutes for you.
     
  21. Coinman1974

    Coinman1974 Research, Research, Research

    Awesome article to read!
     
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