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  • Coin Values replied to a discussion, Bicentennial
    Typically a bicentennial proof set can be had for between $20 and $30. While not considered common, they are also not rare enough to fetch astronomical collectable prices.
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  • Hello, Andrew, and thanks for your question. Why do you think that there are no double-die 1944 Lincoln Wheat Pennies? It's a definite possibility that your 1944 penny is double-die. It could be worth a bit more than a "normal" one but probably not by much.
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  • The coin does not look to be double-die, rather possibly double-struck. Double-die would show offsets across most of the coin. Your specimen appears to be product of a simple minting error.
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  • Assuming your roll contains 50 circulated 1943 Lincoln Wheat Pennies, you are looking at a total value of $5-$10, maybe more.

    It would be worthwhile to open the roll to rule out the (unlikely) chance one of them is the ultra-rare bronze variety.

    A reputable coin dealer in your area can appraise...
    Assuming your roll contains 50 circulated 1943 Lincoln Wheat Pennies, you are looking at a total value of $5-$10, maybe more.

    It would be worthwhile to open the roll to rule out the (unlikely) chance one of them is the ultra-rare bronze variety.

    A reputable coin dealer in your area can appraise them, or you could just try to sell the roll on eBay without opening it.
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  •   Coin Values commented on this post about 3 months ago
    For sure it can be frustrating. Read the eBay cancellation policy: https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/getting-paid/sellers-can-cancel-order?id=4136

    The seller can cancel the purchase. Of course the bad rating from the buyer will be a big stain on his reputation, and we understand that eBay also...
    For sure it can be frustrating. Read the eBay cancellation policy: https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/getting-paid/sellers-can-cancel-order?id=4136

    The seller can cancel the purchase. Of course the bad rating from the buyer will be a big stain on his reputation, and we understand that eBay also punishes sellers that do these kinds of things since it is not a ethical way of doing business.

    Anyone cancelling completed auctions will likely not be on eBay for very long.

    Did you investigate the seller's history before bidding?
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    • Yes, I did. He’s been selling for years and has, or had, a 100% positive rating. I don’t know, maybe his story about losing the coin is true, but heYes, I did. He’s been selling for years and has, or had, a 100% positive rating. I don’t know, maybe his story about losing the coin is true, but he had just put the coin up for auction days before so it seems unlikely. He knew the coin is a rarity because he posted the story of its coming into existence. I just don’t think he fully understood the absolute rarity of the coin. Perhaps it was brought to his attention by another bidder or watcher after the closing. Personally I can’t blame him for pulling out after realizing what he has, I mean really, but it is super frustrating, infuriating and unethical. As I said, I’m probably done with eBay for allowing such behavior but I’m sure my one account doesn’t mean s@$t to them. Any reputable place you can recommend?  More ...
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    • eBay is the go-to place for online sales, and your only other options are the big online coin dealers.

      Super rare coins like the one you are talkingeBay is the go-to place for online sales, and your only other options are the big online coin dealers.

      Super rare coins like the one you are talking about are never on eBay. They're more akin to museum pieces and get auctioned off in serious, high-stakes auction houses.

      Who knows what the seller's motive was to pull the sale from you. Sorry you had a bad experience. That's the way things go online sometimes.
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  • Did he re-list the item afterwards?

    Sellers can cancel purchases up to 30 days after the sale. There's really nothing you can do beyond leaving a bad rating and explaining what happened.
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  • It's highly unlikely it's an authentic 1870-S. Getting it appraised by a reputable coin dealer would probably shed some light on your mystery.

    Even if it is fake, if it's indeed silver you could maybe get twenty bucks for it.
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  • You will be better off posting in our Forum's Marketplace.
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  • Coin Values replied to a discussion, Cleaning coins
    So it sounds like they were exposed to salt water for those ten years? What do they look like? It would be useful to see a picture or two (you can upload pics using the "Upload Files" button when replying).

    Coins should never be cleaned. Read...
    So it sounds like they were exposed to salt water for those ten years? What do they look like? It would be useful to see a picture or two (you can upload pics using the "Upload Files" button when replying).

    Coins should never be cleaned. Read this article for more information on why: Why you shouldn't clean your coins.

    We would suggest starting with gently rubbing them with water using either your fingers or a microfiber cloth. That's pretty much all you would ever want to use on coins to avoid damaging them. Please do post some pics if you can.
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  • Andrew, the "missing" mintmark means it was minted in Philadelphia and coins from that mint do not have a letter on them.

    Check out our library article covering mintmarks.
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  • If the penny is truly red then it could be worth some good money. However, true red pennies are rare and it is common for pennies to take on unusual colors after circulation depending on the environment.

    The "B" looking like an "R" could be damage or it could indeed be an error. We do not...

    If the penny is truly red then it could be worth some good money. However, true red pennies are rare and it is common for pennies to take on unusual colors after circulation depending on the environment.

    The "B" looking like an "R" could be damage or it could indeed be an error. We do not appraise coins, and doing it over the internet would be impossible, anyway. To be sure you would have to take the coin to a reputable coin dealer for appraisal.

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  •   Jamie Davis reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Coin Values replied to a discussion, 1944 Steel Penny
    It is impossible to tell by a photo if it is a steel penny or not. One thing you can try is seeing if it sticks to a magnet. Copper/zinc pennies are not magnetic, but steel pennies are.

    That said, there are only a couple dozen 1944 steel...
    It is impossible to tell by a photo if it is a steel penny or not. One thing you can try is seeing if it sticks to a magnet. Copper/zinc pennies are not magnetic, but steel pennies are.

    That said, there are only a couple dozen 1944 steel pennies in existence. It would be highly unlikely to casually come across one.
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