Rare 1943 copper penny could be sold for a $1650000 at Heritage Auctions! The coin is selling by relatives of the Don Lute Jr. after he had passed away.
In 1947, 16-year-old Don Lute Jr. found this rare coin in change in the dining room at school! He was surprised that the color of the coin is different from the regular 1943 penny and he decided to save this coin. He wrote a letter to the US Treasury but they said that such a coin does not exist. The American authorities have long concealed the existence of this coin. This is one of the most famous error coins in American numismatic history.
Regular pennies were steel in the United States during World War II. Non-ferrous metals were sent for military needs.
The first copper penny was found immediately after the end of the war. After 70 years, there is confirmation of the existence of 12 coins but according to unconfirmed information, there are about 40 1943 copper pennies.
Interesting fact: At one time, Henry Ford, a very rich industrialist and collector, offered a brand new car for the 1943 copper penny.
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