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1943-S Cent--Struck on a Bronze Planchet--VF35 PCGS....

2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 4, 2010
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100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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1943-S Cent Struck in Bronze, VF35
An Amazing Branch Mint Error Rarity
1943-S Cent--Struck on a Bronze Planchet--VF35 PCGS. Coming on the heels of Heritage's offering of a 1943 bronze cent struck at Philadelphia in our January 2010 FUN Auction, we are now proud to present this 1943-S bronze cent for the February 2010 Long Beach Auction. More Philadelphia Mint 1943 bronze cents are known than D-mint and S-mint errors put together; most recent censuses state that only one 1943-D bronze cent is known, plus seven 1943-S bronze cents. The latter figure, however, may overstate the actual population by one or even two pieces, since most of the known survivors are clustered in a narrow range from AU to low Mint State.
In that respect, this coin is unusual by virtue of its Choice VF grade. It is also a relatively recent entrant to the numismatic marketplace; it was unknown to David Lange in 1996, when he published his Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents, having been "kept for decades" privately by the owner, but sold alongside the Dr. Carl A. Minning, Jr. Collection in an August 1999 auction by Bowers and Merena. How the coin came to be VF, unlike its fellows, remains unclear.
As expected for a VF35 coin, this piece shows light to moderate wear over each side, and the surfaces show a number of light digs and abrasions under magnification. That said, the overall eye appeal is far better than the preceding sentence might suggest. The coin's glossy olive-gold and mushroom-brown color, accented in cobalt-blue, is highly redeeming, as is the strike. In short, a memorable opportunity for the Lincoln cent enthusiast, which could be either a second chance at a 1943-dated bronze cent or the second step to assembling a "date set" of these famous 20th century rarities.
Ex: The Dr. Carl A. Minning, Jr. Collection (and Other Properties) (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 1122; The Collections of Phillip Flannagan et al. (Bowers and Merena, 11-12/2001), lot 6076.
From The Alfred V. Melson Collection, Part Two.

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