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Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-15-2013 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Red cent: Mars Curiosity rover snaps high-res pic of penny payload

A penny on Mars has grown rich with red dust while riding on a NASA rover.

An ultra high-resolution photo recently sent back from the Red Planet revealed the red cent is covered in Mars dust, despite it being mounted vertically on the space agency's Curiosity rover for the past 14 months. The penny's patina however, was not the primary focus of the photograph that captured its current condition.

Previously: NASA Mars rover Curiosity carries coin for camera checkup


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posted 10-15-2013 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Numismatists or coin collectors grade and value coins based on their condition. Recently on eBay, a 1909 "VDB" penny, just like the one now on Mars but in better condition, sold for $1,300. So, would the Mars dust that's now coating the penny stuck to NASA's Curiosity rover enhance or detract from the coin's value? Is it now a pretty penny or not worth a red cent?
I definitely think it'd be worth more, if you could go get it and bring it back to Earth. But that's just my two cents.


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posted 10-17-2013 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't confirm it is a VDB without flipping it over. It is certainly not the more valuable "S" version either as it has no mint mark. Thus this pretty penny came from the Philadelphia mint and not the San Francisco mint.

Great photo and a great camera though.


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posted 10-17-2013 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes an S VDB is worth a lot, the much more common VDB is worth anywhere from $7-$50

Though coated with Mars dust, it would be worth much more I presume.

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