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If you saw a 1982 copper cent that was listed for $50,000 it was most likely on Etsy.
Etsy listing prices on most error and variety coins have nothing to do with the coins true value. The seller can list a coin with ANY price they want. Most of the coins are incorrectly identified pocket change that sellers think are "Like the coin that I saw on Heritage
(or any other auction site) for THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!"
The coin you have is one of 10,712,525,000 minted, so it's not rare. The mints were changing from bronze (copper) to copper plated zinc planchets and had two different date designs in 1982, so there are seven different types of regular issue cents.
1982 Copper Large Date <--- The coin above
1982 Copper Small Date
1982-D Copper Large Date
1982 Zinc Large Date
1982 Zinc Small Date
1982-D Zinc Large Date
1982-D Zinc Small Date
The 1982 cent that is valuable is the 1982-D that was struck on bronze (copper) planchets. Only a couple of these are known to exist and can sell for thousands of dollars. These are transitional errors that have the small date 1982-D on a coin that weighs 3.11 grams. Hundreds of 1982-D copper plated zinc cents have been listed as rare because they have been misidentified as the copper strike.
"Shine, shine a Roosevelt dime
. All the way to Baltimore and runnin' out of time." Tom Waits-Clap Hands