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How much is a penny worth that was made too thin?

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2005-09-04 13:47:12
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You would first need to determine what you have -- whether it was struck on a defective planchet, or struck on a planchet intended for a different coin, or some kind of novelty item, or whatever. I suggest you check out the ANACS website to see if they will be attending any coin shows in your area, where you can take your coin and get a free first-hand professional appraisal : http://www.anacs.com/shows.html Once you know exactly what you have, then we can determine a value for it.

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