Mike R. writes: What are my chances of finding a 1943 copper cent? I have over 50 pennies ranging from 1913 to 1958 (wheaties). I work at a Dunkin’ Donuts, so whenever I work, I find such pennies. Are any coins in this age range worth any spectacular value(s)?
The wheat cents are not particularly valuable in average circulated condition especially after 1934 (earlier ones are worth saving). The 1943 is a special case in that only steel cents were made this year The few genuine 1943 copper cents found were probably minted from blanks accidentally left over from the preceding year. Interestingly enough, all the pieces discovered to date have been found in circulation which means that there may be still be pieces out there. They are very valuable – recent auction records show that 1943 copper cents can bring upwards of $60,000 or more.