In 1943 the US government had the US mints switch to a common steel penny because the copper supplies were needed for the war effort. By accident a small amount of normal COPPER 1943 pennies were struck and released to the general public when they shouldnt have been. These COPPER 1943 pennies are one of, if not THE most sought after pennies there are.
There are only around 40 thought to exist and in 1981 one of them sold for about $83,000. Just think what one would be worth today!?
Look thru your wheat pennies, people! If you find a 1943 that looks to be COPPER take a magnet to it and if it does'nt stick to it get your butt to a certified coin dealer and have it verified.
What ever you do, DO NOT SELL IT TO THE COIN DEALER NO MATTER WHAT HE OFFERS FOR IT! WE are talking big money here and I'm sure he would love to get his mitts on it for a lot less than it is worth!
The regular 1943 steel cents are a silver color and pretty much worth face value and millions of them were struck.
Of course there are some counterfeits because the Copper ones are so rare and some of the steel ones were dipped in copper illegaly. The magnet trick will sniff these out as they will still stick to it.
So, if you have a collection of old Wheat pennies have a look thru them as you just might be a milionaire or close to it and not even know it