1943 Copper Wheat Penny
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Hello, I have had this coin tested at a coin shop, and it tested to be copper. Owner advised sending it off for grading. Before I spent or wasted the money, I thought I would try and get some opinions from coin collectors. I put the coin on auction on ebay and it immediately went to $1,000. Ebay removed the listing and told me I could only relist it if it was graded. Just seeking some opinions. Thanks in advance

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I don't think there is any way to determine authenticity of any coin in that shape just from pictures, unless there is something obvious that stands out. If you think it is real, your only option may be to have it authenticated.

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I think it's altered date or outright counterfeit beat up to hide the evidence. Anybody willing to blow $1000+ on a coin like this over ebay is nuts.

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Please take a clear, cropped, straight on photo of both sides of the coin.

Hard to tell anything from a small picture. We have to be able to see all the detail.

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1 hour ago, Wondering said:

What do you think of this one?

Considering there is only one 1943-D bronze known to exist and your mint mark is not in the same position, my conclusion is pretty obvious.

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The mintmark not being in the same place is meaningless.  If there was a second piece there is no reason to assume it would have gone through the same press while the same die pair was in place.  If they were the result of 1942 planchets getting stuck in hopper carts and then latter breaking loose and mixing with the steel planchets, they could have been in different hoppers, they could have gotten mixed in at different times etc.  I believe the coppers cents from the other mints also come from different die pairs.

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