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  1. #1

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    Biggest heartbreak!!

    Being involved with the coin world, the number one heartbreaking moment that I have witnessed over the years, is when someone goes to retire or pay for their kids college tuition with their shiny 1982-D small date copper cent!
    Oh the heartbreak and disbelief when you tell someone else that the coin they have been saving all these years...is worth one cent!

    Yep. Even seen people get downright nasty and the expert must be wrong.
    Sorry, that's a large date.
    Well, okay, its a small date, but zinc..sorry.

    Have any similar stories ?
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    Apr 2013
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    I did not realize that this was a rarity. I just did some research and see that there have only been 2 pieces discovered. I personally have boxes of copper cents that I have horded away over the years while going through cent boxes. I guess its time to break some out and start looking for this error. Maybe I will get lucky.

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    Ed

    Jul 2018
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    As a former coin and precious metals dealer I can tell you that a LOT of people tried to sell things that they thought were worth a fortune only to be badly disappointed when they were told what the real value of what they had was very little or a lot less than what they thought. Some of those folks did indeed get a little, and sometimes, REALLY nasty. Human nature I suppose......

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    Mar 2015
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    Yes I always offer to look over coins people have been saving and they think it will be worth a fortune. So far I have not seen anything worth a fortune and feel like the bearer of bad tidings.

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    Wood Butcher

    Apr 2013
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    I was at the flea market when this guy struck up a conversation after hearing me talk about wheat cents.
    He went on to say his buddy passed away and had two buckets full of coins. One was 45 lbs of wheats and the other was about 30lbs of '43 steelies and he paid his buddies widow $50 each for the buckets. He said he didn't have the energy, knowledge or patience to look through them.
    I went on to explain he had about 6,750 wheats worth about 3-5 each depending on how beat up they were or weren't. I wasn't interested in the steelies because they are usually nothing but rust in this Florida humidity or replated garbage, but I calculated in my head the steelies might be worth about $400-$500 to someone.
    I offered $250 for the wheats and he said no, he would just hang onto them which really didn't bother me. It did bother me and irk me that he shorted his "buddies" widow and just really low balled her, because he actually thought they were worth more when he bought them. I'd come back from the grave if a buddy cheated my widow like he did.

    Maybe I should have offered him more if he promised to share it with the widow!

  6. #6

    Jul 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by moff347 View Post
    I did not realize that this was a rarity. I just did some research and see that there have only been 2 pieces discovered. I personally have boxes of copper cents that I have horded away over the years while going through cent boxes. I guess its time to break some out and start looking for this error. Maybe I will get lucky.
    I'm fuzzy on the details, but if I remember correctly, the last 82-D small date was found by someone like you. The guy had been saving copper cents forever, and found an example in his pile.
    You never know.
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    Ed

    Jul 2018
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetesPockets55 View Post
    I was at the flea market when this guy struck up a conversation after hearing me talk about wheat cents.
    He went on to say his buddy passed away and had two buckets full of coins. One was 45 lbs of wheats and the other was about 30lbs of '43 steelies and he paid his buddies widow $50 each for the buckets. He said he didn't have the energy, knowledge or patience to look through them.
    I went on to explain he had about 6,750 wheats worth about 3-5 each depending on how beat up they were or weren't. I wasn't interested in the steelies because they are usually nothing but rust in this Florida humidity or replated garbage, but I calculated in my head the steelies might be worth about $400-$500 to someone.
    I offered $250 for the wheats and he said no, he would just hang onto them which really didn't bother me. It did bother me and irk me that he shorted his "buddies" widow and just really low balled her, because he actually thought they were worth more when he bought them. I'd come back from the grave if a buddy cheated my widow like he did.

    Maybe I should have offered him more if he promised to share it with the widow!
    Nothing like taking advantage of someone.....some "buddy" that guy turned out to be. Since he claimed to have no energy, knowledge, or patience to look through them I wonder why he even bought them in the first place.
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  8. #8

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    Coins+Honor are a rare commodity nowadays if ever.
    I'm serious.
    I hated the first time I tested my so called trust worthy friends.
    Have your millennial aged granddaughter take a CC Morgan and any 2 1/2 dollar GC to your friends who own the LCS's and have her ask them what these funny looking coins are!
    75% of the people who I had business dealings with failed the test saying that they were basically worthless!
    Keep your inner circle small!
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