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Lincoln Rarity Brings $1.7 Million
September 23, 2010

Imagine that.

A 1943-D Lincoln cent with the 95-percent copper alloy instead of wartime steel has sold for $1.7 million.

That’s a ton of bucks for a Lincoln cent, but it is the only one known from the Denver Mint.

I probably would have searched cents for even longer than I did had I known back in the 1960s what kind of money might lie ahead.

But then, when I was looking for cents, finding even examples of the steel composition was almost impossible.

My congratulations go to Laura Sperber of Legend for arranging the sale, to Andy Skrabalak of Angel Dee’s Coin’s and Collectibles for acting as agent for the seller and to the anonymous former owner who reportedly “donated it to a charitable organization so they could sell it with all of the proceeds going to the charity,” according to Skrabalak.

That's a nice note of generosity in these hard times.

It is planned that this coin will be displayed at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 6-8, 2011, in Tampa, with some other rarities.

That will be worth seeing.

Though it might seem superfluous to put a grade on a unique coin, the Professional Coin Grading Service calls it MS-64 Brown.

$1.7 million?

Now that’s a steal.

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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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