RE: [Error Coin Information Exchange] Re: Overweight?
Thanks or the note. It brought me out of an embarrassing stupor on this coin.
I'd been using the chart from Margolis book and I KNEW that a steel cent didn't
weigh 3.11 grams, but I mindlessly followed the chart (the grains are correct
at 42.50, but I tend to use grams). All of the sudden it's seriously
overweight! There's not much to see in a picture except the high rims, but here
it is FWIW:
I bought this on eBay for $5.50. It was actually described as a 1943 Thick
Cent. It was one of those times I assumed I got hosed since there was no
interest in the coin. May work out.
Again, thanks for the response
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From: Mike Diamond [mailto:mdia1@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2003 1:09 PM
Subject: [Error Coin Information Exchange] Re: Overweight?
You're darned tootin' this is collectible! According to Alan
Herbert, a normal steel cent should weigh 42.5 grains, which
translates as 2.75 grams. So your coin is way over tolerances. It's
also the first overweight steel cent that I've ever heard of.
I can say with confidence that your thick steel cent is quite rare
and quite valuable.
Care to give us the story behind it? Lucky find in a junk box? Ebay
- The coin is in beautiful shape. A very nice score.
I first went to Arnie's book and quickly noticed the discrepancy
between the grains column and the grams column. I then checked Alan
Herbert's book to see which value was entered incorrectly.
Considering that 1944 "experimental" thick cents (about 4.2g) sell
for several hundred bucks in uncirculated condition, your coin, which
is even rarer, should hopefully match or exceed that price. All
steel cent errors seem to be in great demand, with a value many times
that of an equivalent bronze cent error.
Of course, I could be wrong in my market assessment. After all, the
1944 cent has been hyped as "experimental", even though there is
absolutely no evidence to support this extravagent claim. The last
thing the government would do at the height of WWII is waste more
copper on a thicker cent.
- Come to think of it, I've never seen or heard of a rolled-thin 1943
cent either. Find one of those and you'll have an unmatched, matched