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  1. #21
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    Jun 2006
    California
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Is there a seam line on the side of the penny? 1944?

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  3. #22
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Quote Originally Posted by dunn1866
    yep!!!!! the so call million dollar white penny is a myth.The one you want is the 1943 copper.
    That is incorrect. There have been some 1944 zincs reported. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_(U.S._coin)

    "In 1943, at the peak of World War II, cents of zinc-plated steel were made for a short time due to war demands for copper. A few (the U.S. Mint reports forty) copper cents from 1943 were produced from the 1942 planchets remaining in the bins. Similarly, some 1944 steel cents have been reported. Following 1943, salvaged ammunition shells made their way into the minting process, and it was not uncommon to see coins featuring streaks of brass or having a considerably darker finish than other issues."
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  4. #23
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    Aug 2005
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Quote Originally Posted by 1235CE
    First, I really hope this coin is real......what scares me is that you said that the coin "is a little magnetic".....like just enough magnetic because it's been thinly plated......again, I really hope it's real and you're soon rich!

    HH all
    Greg
    What 1235ce said is correct. If it is a steel penny, it should stick or move with a magnet pretty easy. If it is just coated the penny might be to heavy for the magnet to pick it up. Take it to a dealer or get it graded. I hope it is authentic. Good luck and keep us updated.
    MXT,  and just dumb luck.

  5. #24

    Jun 2006
    Minnesota
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Didn't schools use to do an experiment coating pennies with mercury?? Maybe that wouldn't apply here. Hope its real!!
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  6. #25

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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    I have a proof set of 3 1943 Steel Pennies. Pretty nice looking. Bought them from a coin dealer back in the early 70s for a few dollars. And then I have a few in lesser (read: rusty) condition.

    I agree with all of the above. Have it graded by PCGS. You will make the fee you pay to them many times over if it is authentic.

  7. #26
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    Jul 2006
    Corpus Christi, Tx.
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    I found a little info re: 44 steel pennies. Doesn't mention SF tho. Anyhow it says, Several .1 struck on steel planchets fetch Several Hundred Dollars apiece.

    I hope this helps.


    Joe
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  8. #27

    Jul 2006
    Wisconsin
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Liss24, I would like to hear what became of this-
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Very nice.

    Congratulations,

    Postalrevnant

  10. #29

    Jun 2006
    algona, iowa
    514

    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    i hope it is real. that would REALLY bite if it was not authentic. good luck and send me one dollar. lol
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  11. #30

    May 2006
    Seacoast, New Hampshire
    150

    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    I'd be careful with coin appraisal companies that come to your door with a checkbook. It would pay to wait, save up some cash, and send it to one of the "big three" coin grading services:

    Professional Coin Grading Service - www.pcgs.com
    NGC - www.ngccoin.com
    ANACS - www.anacs.com

    If you have what you think you have, and it can be authenticated by one of these reputable companies, then I'd expect to see an article about you in Coin World! I would think it could be worth a considerable sum.

    There was a recent story about a 1973 or 1974 aluminum penny that turned up and was authenticated. The mint was experimenting with alternative metals and gave a few out to congressmen to review. It was a trial piece that was supposed to be destroyed but wasn't.

    You just never know.

    Keep us posted on this one and good luck!

  12. #31
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    Jul 2006
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    I second Secondcup's advice. You definitely have a "Keeper" there.





    Secondcup: I remember when they passed around the Pattern Cents to the Committee. They never got 'em back. Why am I not surprised?



    Secondcup: I understand that since the Gov't never officially released the Alum. Coins, they remain their property. They will Confiscate them!! JOE
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  13. #32

    May 2006
    Seacoast, New Hampshire
    150

    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Joe,

    Have you heard how the aluminum penny that surfaced was found? The guy who owned it was a cleaning person (I believe) and pick it up after some senator or congressman dropped it. He tried to return it but the senator said "keep it". He held onto it for all these years and I guess just realized what he had...or maybe his family did.

    Some guys have all the luck!




    sc

  14. #33
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    Jul 2006
    Corpus Christi, Tx.
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Liss24: Haven't heard from you re: your "Penny"! Yours may be only the 2d Known S Mint Example = $$$$$$

    Just found an Auction result on a 1944 AU-55, $14,500!!!!!


    Check out: www.wayneherndon.com/admin/steel1944.htm


    Joe
    Corpus Christi, Tx.
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  15. #34
    JDSCOIN

    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Check it with another or other stronger magnets.

    What I notice about it is that it does not look to be uncirculated or very near that grade. Maybe you can take some better close-up pictures to post. And there were some very good things said regarding this coin. One of them is to check for a 'seam'. Maybe you can post a close-up of the side or edge of the coin so that we can take a look at that.

    It may be a home-made fake of this error. I always tell people to be hopefull of what they find or have, but be cautious also. Do not automatically assume that it is real or genuine just because it seems to be or because you may like it to be. Instead, keep your head and go through the process of making that determination.

    I hope that you have a real rarity here, but there are too many things to check about it first before I would be confident that it is. Best wishes,

    JDSCOIN

  16. #35
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    Oct 2006
    100

    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    does it feel "greasy" at all? if so then it was coated with mercury.

  17. #36
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    Please, whatever you do, only hold the coin by the edge with your fingers on either side on the rim. Never "palm" it or touch either the front or back with your finger. Copper and Steel coins that are shiny are highly prone to discoloration due to the oils on your fingers.

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  18. #37
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    Re: 1944-S zinc steel penny

    In 1943 there were some other off-metal cents in aluminum. The US was making coins for allied countries and the same error that caused the 1943 copper coins caused these. Never as popular as the 1943 copper but very easy to spot. They are bright white and do not attract to a magnet. exanimo, siegfried schlagrule
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  19. #38

    Dec 2012
    2
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    I have one of these as well 1944 S. Steely I call it. Its a wheat penny made with the wrong metal for the year. I've had it put up for at least 50 years. We have placed scan's and Videos on You-tube. But I still have not figuared out if I want someone to clean it or not. I assume a Jeweler or coin expert would do that. But I have refused and refused and been asked many times. Is there a such person that does this for the purpose. I mean knowing all the problems that the metal on a zinc cent has. Prone to rust etc.. Anyone know of values or service's like I have spoken about?


  20. #39
    us
    Jan 2012
    Maryland
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogotee View Post
    I have one of these as well 1944 S. Steely I call it. Its a wheat penny made with the wrong metal for the year. I've had it put up for at least 50 years. We have placed scan's and Videos on You-tube. But I still have not figuared out if I want someone to clean it or not. I assume a Jeweler or coin expert would do that. But I have refused and refused and been asked many times. Is there a such person that does this for the purpose. I mean knowing all the problems that the metal on a zinc cent has. Prone to rust etc.. Anyone know of values or service's like I have spoken about?

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    1/100 of an American dollar is a cent. It is NOT a penny. The word penny is used by several other countries, such as Great Britain, to denote their smallest denomination. In order to be numismatically correct, you must use the term cent to describe the American coin.

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  21. #40

    Dec 2012
    2
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    I have one like it but yours is nicer. It is made with the wrong metal if it is indeed a 44 it should be copper/brass. You will not find much out about it online. Bob Simpson I believe has two. He also owns copper 43 d's two of them. One worth 1.7 mil and the other worth 1 mil. I have heard in great shape up to 300 K for these but that was long ago. I have had mine put up for 50 or so years. I am nearing retirement and just now we have put videos out about it. Feel free to send a private message and I will respond and tell you more.

 

 
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