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21 Oct 2020

the 1943 bronze cent

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It has been suggested that they are unauthorized pieces made by mint employees. Another possibility is that bronze planchets were left in a hopper or cart that later was filed with steel planchets for the 1943 cents, and when the blanks were dumped into the machinery the copper ones went along. But the most likely and accepted story was that some bronze blanks had gone too far into the machinery to be retrieved at the end of 1942. When the works started up in 1943 these were struck first and escaped into circulation through normal channels. Most 1943 copper cents are fake. Estimates show around 8 to 10 real ones were made. copper-plated steel cents have been popular since 1943 when they were found. Professional magicians used them in tricks to fool their audience. But what if you find or are offered a 1943 copper cent? First, you want to keep it quiet and look into how to tell if one is fake or real. If it's fake then take it into a coin shop and have them stamp it as fake. If you suspect it is real then take it into a coin shop and have them give their opinion and if they say it is real send it off to be graded by NGC or PCGS. But don't waste your time hunting for one to little exist in the world. (unless we are talking about fakes then there are tons of them in the world.)

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22 Sep 2020

history of the walking liberty half dollar

Coins-United States | walking liberty

The walking liberty half dollar was made from 1916 to 1947 then replaced by the franklin half dollar. In 1915 when Robert W. Woolley came into commission he believed that when a coin design was circulating for 25 years that it had to be replaced so he set out to replace the Barber coinage. When he found people he chose Adolph A. Weinman and Herman Macneil. Herman made the standing liberty quarter and Adolph made the mercury dime and walking liberty half. The sun in the background proved difficult to perfect and even harder to strike. People believe that the "sower" design on the France coinage was his inspiration for the half dollar. Since the liberty half dollar was so hard to strike most people believe that that is the reason it got replaced by the franklin half dollar and the Treasury secretary before it was made he even considered that Barber creates his own new design for the half dollar. Many people believe the liberty half dollar was a really beautiful design but Art Historian Cornelius Vermeule considered that it was the most beautiful piece of coinage in U.S history. Since 1986 a few modifications have been made to the obverse of the coin and used as the American silver eagle, and even had its own gold centennial made in 2016.

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