What This Coin Looks Like (Obverse, Reverse, Mint Mark Location, Special Features, etc.): 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.
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