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A 1943 Lincoln penny with the wheat ranches without the shield  
 

 
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 Posted 07/07/2018  11:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Winona to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Another one that screams clean me but I haven't It has a strange color and it's got a lettering on it that the others don't.
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looked brown to me at first. but the high points look rubbed gray.

1943 cents were made of steel due to the war. copper 1943 cents are rare and valuable. I thought it might be copper for a second, but I think it is a toned steel cent. unfortunately steel 43s are common.
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 Posted 07/07/2018  11:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Winona to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would this be a coin worth cleaning to make sure of the coloring or is it absolutely out of the question don't clean any coins?
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 Posted 07/07/2018  11:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Matteproof to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From 1909 to 1958, Lincoln cents were minted with a Wheat reverse, followed by the Memorial reverse (1958-2008), Lincoln’s bicentennial (2009, 4 different reverses), and Shield (2010-present).
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 Posted 07/07/2018  11:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
don't clean anything. there are always better ways to figure out what you have. if you have a rare coin, cleaning will leave you feeling that you shoveled cash out of your window.
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don't clean anything. there are always better ways to figure out what you have.


In this case (and in many others), the weight of the coin will tell you what you have. A normal 1943 steel cent should weigh around 2.7 grams. If it were the rare and valuable type accidentally struck on a 95% copper planchet, it should weigh around 3.1 grams.

I think your coin just shows environmental damage (staining/toning).
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 Posted 07/08/2018  12:08 am  Show Profile   Check Adam_E's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You could also just use a magnet, if it sticks to a magnet, it's steel.
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 Posted 07/08/2018  12:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Winona to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ugh..
It stuck to the magnet.
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Adam_E with the save!
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The zinc coating started to wear off of the steel planchet . Your coin is displaying a little rust and corrosion . DO NOT clean it ,it will be worse off than it was .
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Don't clean it. Try soaking it in 100% acetone from the hardware store (this is conservation, not cleaning).
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 Posted 07/08/2018  12:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In 99.99% of the time, cleaning is a bad thing. Natural is better and removing the "skin" from a coin is almost always bad.

Cleaning can't be taken back.

Accept the coins for what they are. When you are BUYING coins, don't get them that have problems you don't like.
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 Posted 07/08/2018  4:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In any event, your coin is a pretty typical looking circulated steelie.
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