A couple of weeks back at the FUN sale in Orlanda, Florida, Heritage auctions sold a 1943 Philidelphia bronze cent depicting Abraham Lincoln for $218,500.
For their signature auction on February 4, they are offering an even rarer example of that coin from that date: a 1943-S piece, one of seven known to exist.
This coin is, admittedly, graded at VF-35, rather than AU-58, but it has very strong eye appeal and only came onto the market a few years ago, having been kept for at least a few decades by a single collector.
The appeal is due both to the colour (glossy olive-gold and mushroom-brown) and the clarity of the strike.
Internet bidders have so far pushed the value up as high as $65,000, making it narrowly the second most coveted lot in the auction, following the 1931-D gold Double Eagle - bids for which have passed $70,000.
Rare coin collectors who can't get to Long Beach, California for the live part of the sale may be interested in taking a look at this range of coins which are currently available.