Recently I bought this coin in an auction lot of multiple slabbed coins. It looks like ANACS mis-graded the coin by listing it as a proof MS68. I looked up the ANACS certification number and the population for this coin is zero. Any thoughts?Here's the link to the ANACS certification: http://www.anacs.com/Populations/CertVerification.aspx?cert=4335819
This item is really odd! First, it is a wheat cent in a tiny bottle. That is kind of cute. Probably a souvenir from a gift shop some place. Second, the coin is dated 1942. It has no mintmark so it is from Philadelphia. And, it is plated, probably tin, maybe zinc. Why is this coin plated?? I have no idea. Maybe just to look nice. It is not magnetic! Third, my mother, who got me stated as an eight year old collecting coins, gave this to me 10 to 15 years ago. She bought it at a garage sale that she went to and didn't see anything she wanted but felt she should buy something so she bought this. When she gave it to me she said I could throw it away if I didn't want it. But I kept it as another of my Odd Things. Up until her last year, she went to one coin show a year with me, even in her wheelchair. My mother is gone now so I will be keeping it forever. Did your parents or the person who got you started ever give you a numismatic item that you are now sentimentally attached to?