1943 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents : Steel Cent

Steel Composite Penny

Mintage: 191,550,000
Minted at: San Francisco

Designer - Engraver: Victor D Brenner
Metal Composition: Steel Coated Zinc

Diameter: 19 mm
Mass / Weight: 2.7 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1943 S Steel Wartime Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny
1943 Lincoln Wheat Cents look like "silver pennies" but they are actually made out of steel. During World War 2: The US needed to allocate as much copper as possible for the war effort and this included copper used for minting Lincoln Cents at the US Mint. Zinc-coated steel was used as the substitute metal composition and hence the new silver-like coin is known as the wartime steel cent or steel penny.
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-65)
Proof
(PR-65)
0.240.290.390.640.740.995.8020-

MELT VALUE: $0.0154


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