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Dot Hopes Dashed
May 31, 2013

The late Fort Worth, Texas, dealer Helen Wallace, told me on more than one occasion that she hated it when the headlines mentioned the 1943 copper cents.

She said her coin shop phone would then ring off the hook for several days with people calling her offering to sell her rare 1943 pennies.

Of course, what were being offered to her were the steel coins that exist by the tens of millions.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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