Coins With Hidden Value

Copper Wheat Penny – Up to $200,000

copper wheat penny

USA Coin Book

Never underestimate the value of a penny, especially not this one. In 1943, all pennies, better known as “war pennies�? were made of steel rather than copper. Or at least, they were supposed to be. Likely due to a minting mix-up, a small batch was made out of copper. The rest is coin error history.

Thus far, less than 30 of these precious pennies have been found. Adding to the intrigue, it’s believed there are only 40 on the planet. Due to this single error, the value of a 1943 copper wheat penny in mint condition can be out of this world. Those in “perfect�? condition are valued anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000. In 2019, one sold at auction for $204,000.