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Unusual way to ask question

Some days I get the strangest concerns in my e mail.

This morning 1 named the “1976-D off-metal cent” was sitting in my inbox.

The sender wrote this:

“I not too long ago got this coin from a non-collector at an antique marketplace. It was in a bag with a question mark on it. I didn’t ask exactly where they got it. A magnet didn’t stick. I posted a handful of pics for you to see. To the left there is a replated steel cent of 1943 in two pics. In one more, there’s a mint state 1943 cent to the left for comparison as effectively. Is it worth grading? What must i do? I strategy on taking it to a couple of dealers at some point. The pics do not really exhibit it’s silver color, but in particular person it indeed is the colour of a dime or some thing silver. It does not give me the impression like replated 1943 cents do, but perhaps i haven’t observed sufficient or do not know what to appear for. I do not have a scale either. What are your impressions? Thanks for your time, hope to hear back from authorities.”

It was signed “Joe – Tustin, Calif.&#8221

To me the coin looked like an individual had scrubbed it with something a little bit softer than a Brillo pad. The lighter colour is almost certainly the outcome of what ever cleaner was utilized on it.

But what was a lot more interesting was his setting the coin next to a copper-colored 1943-S cent in his photograph.

Am I supposed to infer from what he wrote that he utilised the magnet on both and jump to the conclusion that he had somehow located a copper 1943-S cent? That he somehow doesn&#8217t know he may possibly have a beneficial rarity?

Why would you use a magnet on a 1976-D cent? Why would you photograph these two coins together?

I will respond, but I will direct my comments solely to the 1976-D cent. Right after all, &#8220copper&#8221 1943-S cents are a dime a dozen.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2013 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper &#8220Numismatic News.&#8221

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