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    Fabled 1943 Lincoln Cent Struck in Copper

    1943 1C Copper Cent AU 50 ANACS. This sale is the third consecutive auction in which we have had the privilege of offering an off-metal Lincoln cent from the World War Two era. Lot 6740 in our November 2000 Santa Clara Signature Sale featured a 1944 steel cent MS 60 PCGS, and we offered a second 1944 steel cent (MS 62 NGC), as well as a 1943 copper cent, in our January 2001 FUN Signature Sale. From an aesthetic standpoint, the present example is more desirable than the 1943 copper cent XF 40 Corroded that we offered in our FUN Sale. Nevertheless, this coin has its share of problems. Both sides have been cleaned to an unnaturally bright, glossy-orange sheen. Traces of steel-gray color are also noted around some of the obverse devices, and remnants of dark discoloration are visible over the left reverse. There is little wear evident, and a small planchet void (as struck) on Lincoln's forehead should distinguish this coin from other 1943 copper cents.
    This mint error is one of the most popular 20th century U.S. coins, and its saga has been followed by millions of Americans since the year of issue. According to David Lange (The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents, 1996), only 10 1943 copper cents have been traced, along with a single D-mint example and six S-mint coins.
    From the Patrick J. Mullen Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 22E5, PCGS# 2711)

    Weight: 3.11 grams

    Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin & Zinc

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2001
    22nd-24th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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