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Out With the Trash
January 12, 2010

As you might expect, some strange inquiries come my way. One of the stranger ones in the past month was from someone who claimed to have a copper-core 1943 cent.

I responded to the original e-mail inquiry to tell the owner that the coin was likely not a genuine error coin, but in any case would have to be submitted to a third-party grading service if a definitive answer was desired.

In my e-mail this morning was this response:

“Well, Dave, it appears we won’t have to worry about a story over the copper-cored 43 Steelie I had. You notice I use past tense. I spent the week of New Year’s going through most of my stuff and have come to the conclusion (without looking through another 2.5K of wheats) that I must have tossed it thinking since no one knew what is was, and didn’t seem interested in it, I might as well not bother with it and tossed it in the wastebasket.

“Besides, it was damaged so no one would have wanted it, and I doubt it would have had any value other than something to talk about.”

Since the writer signed his name and his location, I assume that this isn’t some sort of attempted joke on me, but the behavior described is certainly not something that I ordinarily run into.

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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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