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Rare 1943 bronze Lincoln penny sells for $204,000

Published January 11. 2019 08:58AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A rare 1943 bronze Lincoln penny has sold for more than $200,000 at a Florida auction.

Heritage Auctions says more than 30 people bid on the rare coin Thursday night. Only 10 to 15 of these pennies, mistakenly minted in bronze instead of steel, are believed to exist. They were made at a time when bronze and copper were being saved to fill metal shortages during World War II.
The auction house says Don Lutes found the penny in his pocket as a teenager in 1947 after getting some change at his high school cafeteria, and held onto it ever since.
Lutes died in September. He directed all proceeds from the sale to be donated to the Berkshire Athenaeum at the public library in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Comments
This Republican will spend his windfall on Hookers, liquor and donations to Bigoted Republican Candidates! YEEE HAAW!
And Bill Clinton is a scum bag & a petafil!!!! His wife just sets back & lets him get away with it while she preaches about the big bad Republicans that hate women & blacks what a POS she is. While we are at it what about the criminal enterprise the Clinton Foundation? Making 100’s of millions of dollars on pay to play & selling all of Uranium to Russia. That’s the real collusion you moron. She should be in jail.
The penny sold for $170,000, with a buyer's premium of 20% or $34,000. The $34K goes straight to the auction house. So the penny's value was $170,000 - which is what the pre-auction estimate was.

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