Heritage’s various auctions taking place before, during and
immediately after the Florida United Numismatists show, held this year
Jan. 7 to 10 in Tampa, are a juggernaut that sets the pace for the
U.S. rare coin market in the coming year. Heritage’s first U.S. Coins
session, held on Jan. 6, featured some impressive error coins that
were led by a crazy undated Roosevelt dime that was struck on a nail.
Graded Mint State 65 by Professional Coin Grading Service, the error
made national mainstream news and sold for a huge $42,300.
1943 Lincoln cent error, struck on silver dime
Heritage’s FUN auctions had multiple 1943
Lincoln cent errors. These are popular with collectors since the 1943
Lincoln cent is an outlier in the series. The issue was generally
struck on zinc-coated steel planchets that year to conserve copper for
the war effort. The most valuable of the wartime off-metal errors are
1943 Lincoln cents struck on bronze planchets. More affordable, and
visually similar to the steel cents, are 1943 Lincoln cents struck on
silver dime planchets.
As dime planchets are slightly smaller than the cent planchets, the
design is not fully struck at the edges. That the silver is similar in
color to the zinc-plated steel makes it understandable that it would
remain in circulation, undetected for some time to wear down to an
Extremely Fine 40 grade. The PCGS-certified error sold for $2,820 at
Heritage’s first U.S. Coin session on Jan. 6. Another example graded
AU-50 sold for $3,290 in the same auction.