- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A penny won’t buy much these days but a rare 1-cent piece could bring its owners as much as $250,000.

U-T San Diego (https://bit.ly/1baoUjR ) says Randy Lawrence, who moved to La Jolla from Denver last August, inherited the silver-colored penny from his dad - an official with the Denver mint.

The coin gathered dust for 33 years and ended up in his car trunk when Lawrence moved.

But when Lawrence contacted a local coin dealer, Michael McConnell, he learned it was a 1974-D aluminum cent. Only 10 were minted in Denver and all were thought to be destroyed.

The penny’s now on display at a Long Beach coin expo. It will be auctioned this spring. Lawrence and McConnell plan to split the proceeds and donate up to $100,000 to charity.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com


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