The Value of a Mistake

It’s a well-known phrase that “it’s better to learn from the mistakes of others than to make the mistakes on your own.” Certainly the lessons learned from mistakes, whether ours or others, can be considered valuable. What value can be placed on a mistake? Take into consideration the mistake that was made in the Garden of Eden at the inception of sin. Most certainly, this was a mistake of eternal consequence that still wreaks havoc on the souls of mankind today, and will until the end of the Age. But even in the severity of this mistake, God placed a value on its victims far higher than any human mind could conceive in that, while we were yet sinners, He died for us.

This is a one-of-a-kind penny, resulting from a production error at the U.S. mint in Denver. It was struck in bronze rather than the zinc-coated steel normally used during the WWII era. About 20 such errors are known from the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, but this is the only one known from the Denver mint. 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 anonymous collector who formerly owned the coin “donated it to a charitable organization so they could sell it with all of the proceeds going to the charity,” according to Andy Skrabalak of Angel Dee’s Coins and Collectibles in Woodbridge, Virginia who acted as agent on behalf of the former owner.

The new owner is an anonymous businessman who plans to exhibit the penny at various venues around the country.

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