BOSTON (AP) — A rare copper penny that a Massachusetts man found in his lunch money more than 70 years ago has been sold at an auction for more than $200,000.

The 1943 penny is one of 20 that were accidentally minted when the federal government was trying to conserve copper for World War II.

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Heritage Auctions says Don Lutes Jr., of Pittsfield, was 16 when he found the coin in change he received at his school cafeteria in 1947.

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Auction officials say the coin sold for $204,000 in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.

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Winning bidder Tom Caldwell, of Concord, says he plans to display the coin at various coin shows.

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All proceeds of the sale will go toward the Pittsfield Public Library, where auction officials say Lutes often visited before his death in September.

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