September 28, 2010 | Vol. 10 Number 19
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Coin Collecting Story Told in a Cartoon
By Jaime Hernandez

Over the last few issues of the eCollector, we have received many collectors' responses to "How I got Started in Coin Collecting" and we have read every single story. Every story was great in its own way. This week we share a unique presentation - a story written and sketched by our own numismatic photographer, Phil Arnold. We think you'll enjoy it.

If you have any stories you would like to share about how you got started in coin collecting, please share them with the rest of our readers by sending us an email at [email protected]. We still have several stories left, so if you wrote one and haven't seen it posted, we should be posting it in the upcoming issues.

We're also featuring a story just in - a unique 1943-D Bronze Lincoln cent just sold for a record $1.7 million!

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The Life and Death of a Coin Collection
By Phil Arnold

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PCGS-Certified 1943-D Bronze Cent Sells For $1.7 Million
By Donn Pearlman

The only known 1943-dated Lincoln cent mistakenly struck at the Denver Mint on a bronze planchet has been sold for a record $1.7 million by Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey. The unique coin, not publicly known to exist until 1979, is certified PCGS MS64BN.

Zinc-coated steel was used for producing cents in 1943 to conserve copper for other uses during World War II, but a small number of coins were mistakenly struck on bronze planchets left over from 1942.

1992-D with Reverse of 1993 Lincoln Cent Discovered in Minnesota

In the last week of April 2010, Michael Yasis from Twin Cities, Minnesota discovered a "1992-D Lincoln cent featuring a reverse design of 1993", also known as a "1992-D Close AM" variety. So far, there are about 15 to 20 known examples of the "1992-D Close AM" Lincoln cent variety.

There are no Mint records indicating why any "1992-D Close AM" Lincoln cents were produced. However, we do know there was a reverse design transition between 1992 and 1993 for business strike Lincoln cents. Normal cents from 1992 have the letters "AM" of "AMERICA" separated from one another, also known as "Wide AM." Read More...
Brian Wagner discusses the record-breaking sale of a MS67+ Matte Proof Lincoln cent.
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Tips from the Grading Room
By Mike Sherman

Welcome to "Tips from the Grading Room." We'll continue our look at copper colors with some late-date large cents.

PCGS designates three color states for all copper coins. Red, Red and Brown, and Brown. Of course, copper coins come in an almost infinite variety of color shades, so the category of "red and brown" for instance, encompasses a wide range of colors ranging from just a bit of brown in color, to just a bit of red.

The following are detailed descriptions of each color state, followed by a look at some Braided Hair large cents. Next time, we'll look at some earlier large cents. Read More...

PCGS CoinFacts™ - 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Since the launch of PCGS CoinFacts™, we have been hard at work updating and expanding the site's information. Here's another recent example:

David Hall: The 1937-D "three-legged" Buffalo nickel is one of the most famous and most important coins of the 20th century. It is arguably the classic Buffalo nickel. This is a filled die variety with the front leg of the Buffalo missing, though interestingly, the hoof shows. Read More...
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