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1943 Copper Penny Facts And Values-Rare American Pennies
1943 COPPER PENNY HISTORY
When it comes to rare pennies, the 1943 copper penny is one of the rarest. In 1943, the copper penny was replaced by the steel penny. The reason the steel penny replaced the copper penny was because of World War II. America needed all the copper they could get so the government chose to produce steel pennies instead of copper pennies. Due to this, America would only produce steel pennies dated for 1943. However, there were a few 1943 copper pennies that were accidentally struck and found their way into circulation. It is believed that there were some blanks were left in the machine from the previous year.
Today, it is believed that there is only a few dozen 1943 copper pennies left in the world. By coin standards, this is not a lot. It is an encouraging sign that coin experts believe that more of them do exist. So if you have old pennies that you haven't checked, it is well worth sorting through them. You never know, you may own one of the rarest pennies in the world!
1943 COPPER PENNY VALUES
The 1943 copper penny is a very valuable coin. Like any coin, the value depends on the condition and rarity of your coin. You already know the 1943 copper penny is very rare, so it would then depend on the condition of your penny. The 1943 copper penny is so rare and valuable, that even in a low grade, the coin is worth tens of thousands of dollars! 1943 copper penny values can range from $30,000-$90,000.
If you believe you have a 1943 copper penny, you need to make sure you have it graded professionally. You want to take it to a professional that you know and trust. Due to the value of this rare coin, it is best to go to someone you already know or a company that you trust. But like all rare coins, it is possible that your coin is actually counterfeited.
CHECKING YOUR 1943 COPPER PENNY
Since the 1943 copper penny is rare and extremely valuable, it is often counterfeited. Due to this, you want to examine your coin very closely to make sure it is authentic. Even after examination, it is possible that you won't be able to tell if it is real or not. Once again, this is why it is very important to have it professionally graded and authenticated.
First, one easy way to see if your 1943 penny is copper is by using a magnet. The 1943 steel penny was made with zinc-coated steel. If it is a steel penny, it will stick to the magnet. So if your penny sticks to the magnet, it is not real. Now, if it doesn't stick, there are some things that you still need to check. You need to check the "3" in the date of the coin. You need to see if there are in marks or wear on the left side of the "3". If there is, it is probably a fake. Many people have took the 1948 copper penny and altered the "8" to make it look like a "3". It is also possible that they made it out of a 1949 copper penny also. If your coin passes these test, we suggest that you have it graded by a professional coin grading company.