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Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Possible 1943 wheat penny


Hello Mr Fern,
I went through an old glass container that I had been saving my pennies as a teenager (I'm now 47 ;). I came across 6 wheat pennies, 4 are the years where they're worth $6 each tops. but the other two are in pretty bad shape. the first one I can only make out 3 numbers of the date, but the last one when under bright light and magnifier it looks like 1943. I really would like advice as how to go about finding someone who can tell me if it's really that date, as well to find the value.( I'm from Placer County, California)
Thank You for your time, Susan


Regular copper cents struck during the 1940's weigh 3.11 g. The 1943 steel cent weigh 2.70 g.
Well circulated steel cents sell for about $3 to $5 a roll (50 pieces). A nice example in EF condition would likely sell for about $1.

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

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1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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