Million-Dollar Penny From WWII To Be Displayed At National Money Show



National Money Show
A $1 million penny minted in error in 1943 will be on display at the upcoming National Money Show in Colorado Springs, Colo., along with other historic and rare coins and paper currency.
The National Money Show is set to be held March 14–16 at the iconic Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, and admission doesn’t cost a penny.
The National Money Show is a family-friendly event sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (, Thomas J. Uram, president of the 26,000-member organization based in Colorado Springs, said in a statement. It’s an opportunity for the public to learn about historic money and find out if they might own something valuable.
In addition to viewing rare money, attendees can bring their own old coins and currency to find out what they may be worth.
One of the coins on display is a World War II Lincoln cent that previously sold for more than $1 million. When it was minted in 1943, all pennies were supposed to be made of zinc-coated steel and grey in color, because copper was needed for the war effort. But a few, like the million-dollar penny, were inadvertently struck in the copper/bronze alloy used the year before.
The 1943 penny on exhibit still appears in the same red color it had when it left the Philadelphia Mint 81 years ago, organizers said.
Visitors will also be able to see the Short Snorter display of paper money signed by more than 200 World War II-era dignitaries including generals, admirals, presidents, prime ministers, and ambassadors. It will be the first time the one-of-a-kind display can be viewed in Colorado.
Money is history you can hold in your hands, and you can see more than $100 million of numismatic national treasures at the show, Uram said. Among the items on display will be rare examples of early United States Mint coins including the first dimes from 1796 and 1797, early U.S. paper money, as well as rare, octagonal-shaped ‘dollars’ made a century ago by silver miner Joseph Lesher in Victor, Colorado.
Collectors attending the National Money Show will also have the opportunity to purchase items from dealers.
The National Money Show will provide the public access to hundreds of dealers offering extensive numismatic inventory at all price levels as well as educational programming for both beginning and seasoned hobbyists, said American Numismatic Association Executive Director Kim Kiick. Many of the dealers will provide complimentary, informal evaluations of the public’s old money.
The event will be open to the public in Bartolin Hall at The Broadmoor, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Admission is free for everyone.