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How do you tell if you have a 1943 copper penny?


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2014-07-21 00:11:15
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Answer It will be dated 1943, be red or brown in color, and weigh 3.11 gm as opposed to 2.7 gm for a steel cent. Steel 1943 cents were often copper plated to appear as if they were the rare variety, but these will stick to a magnet while a genuine 1943 copper cent will not. There are also a lot of counterfeits made by altering the date on a normal 1945 or 1948 cent. Careful comparison with the date on a 1943 steel cent will usually expose these fakes.


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you have a 1943 penny that looks like it is made out of copper, this is how you can authenticate it to tell if it is a genuine 1943 copper penny, or a fake 1943 copper penny. But first of all, be aware that the 1943 penny was issued in zinc-coated steel, because the USA needed copper for the war effort. Any genuine 1943 copper pennies are extremely rare mint errors. Learn more about your silver colored 1943 Steel Penny. The easiest way to tell if your 1943 copper cent is merely a copper-plated steel penny is to test it with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the penny, it's made of steel which has been dipped or plated in copper. Such a penny is worth about 15 cents as a novelty item. If your 1943 copper colored penny doesn't stick to a magnet, then look at the date carefully (using a magnifying glass, if possible.) If the tail of the 3 doesn't extend well below the "line" of numbers, it is probably a cut-in-half 8. A very common fraud involving the copper 1943 cent is to cut away part of the 8 in the date of a 1948 penny. If the 3 in your date looks like half of an 8, your coin is not a genuine 1943 copper penny. Any time you have a potentially valuable coin, it's always a good idea to take it to a qualified coin dealer for a professional opinion. Most dealers do not charge to have a look at your coins and give you an informal verbal appraisal. More Coins Quick Tips Coin Values Guide

-In 1943, pennies were made out of steel instead of copper. A 1943 pure copper penny is a rare mint error, and is worth lots.

The 1943 penny was not made with copper, like all other years. Copper was funneled to the War Department so the 1943 penny was made from steel and other compounds.

A 1942 copper penny is worth between $0.15 and $3.00. If you have a 1943 copper penny it is worth a lot more. In 1943 because of the war and the need for copper pennies in that year were made from steel. Steel pennies from 1943 are worth around $0.30 and $2.50. If you have a real 1943 copper penny take it to a coin shop or dealer and have them check it out to see if it is real.

The 1943 Lincoln cent is zinc coated steel not nickel and copper.

No. Copper is not attracted to a magnet.

1.7 Million dollars, that was what a collector recently paid for a 1943 copper penny made at the Denver mint, the only known 1943 copper penny struck there (keep in mind that the 1943 pennies were struck in steel, the copper 1943 pennies are errors).

A genuine copper 1943 penny is worth many thousands of dollars. However, most out there are fakes; either copper-coated steel cents, or altered 1948 pennies.

In 1943 the US Mint briefly replaced the copper penny then in use with a steel penny, due to the wartime copper shortage.

A geniune 1943-D copper cent would have a value of about $50,000.00

it is not rare enough to have any value [will have value in about 3 years]

The 1943 steel cent is so common and low in value that no one bothers making fakes. It's the COPPER '43 that has fakes out there. A genuine steel penny is magnetic.

Neither the original copper or the newer version copper-zinc penny is magnetic. The 1943 steel penny was the only penny effected by a magnet.

A genuine copper (bronze actually) 1943 Philadelphia issue Lincoln cent has a minimum value of $60,000.00.

probaly a 1909 s vdb penny or a copper 1943 penny

A genuine 1943 copper cent would have a value of about $50,000.00 less than 15 are known to exist

There are not many 1943 copper pennies known. If it is genuine they sell for well over $100,000.

The only U.S. coin that is magnetic is the 1943 steel penny. The penny was made out of steel rather than copper because of the shortage of copper for WW2.

1943 pennies are not silver. They are zinc coated steel. Copper was saved for war effort.

A genuine 1943 copper cent is worth tens of thousands of dollars, but a lot of what's out there are fakes. An easy way to tell the difference between a real and fake is that the real thing is NOT magnetic. Pennies that year were made of steel, and the fake copper ones are usually copper-plated steel cents.

The original composition is steel not copper, many have been copper plated.

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