• A fake, my friend. I have one EXACTLY the same down to the date and everything.
  • ya, only the copper ones you can pick up is valueable. The copper ones are worth up to $83,000.
  • that coin is a fake sorry
  • I would send it in and have it graded just to make sure it is fake. Sometimes the mint stamps put test coins out of other metals and they get out of the mint could be worth somthing.
  • I've seen a few that way. People actually put them in an electroplating solution, and it looks just like a steel penny, can be picked up by a magnet, but are copper pennies. I've also had them where they were tin and/or zinc inside, and you could 'erase' the copper off the surface.
  • It's a steel-plated cent - genuine as far as face value is concerned, but not a collector's piece. I once had one dated 1949. For those curious ones, the 1943 cent wasn't the only one struck on a steel planchet. There were a handful of 1944 cents that were struck by the same mistake that created the 1943 copper cents. In 1943, copper was needed for the war, and so they chose to make pennies on steel planchets, instead. But when they started production, there were a few copper planchets left over after the 1942 run that accidentally were struck with the 1943 date. These cents are worth a premium. In 1944, they switched back to copper and the same thing happened - some of the steel planchets were left over - and got struck with the 1944 date. These too are worth a premium, although not as much as the more familiar 1943s. I was fortunate enough to have held a genuine 1943 copper cent in my hands back around 1983. The guy who owned it offered to sell it to me. But I didn't have the $30,000 he was asking. They go for a lot more than that today - the highest price ever paid for one was $1.7 million, although this was for one in a high mint state condition. The ones found in circulation that have average wear go for around $100,000 - $250,000 today.

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