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- Lincoln Wheat Cent
- 1943-S : Bronze/Copper
1943 S Lincoln Wheat Cent Small Cents : Bronze/Copper
1943 Copper Wheat Penny
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.):
One of the rarest and most intriguing US coins is the 1943-S Bronze/Copper Lincoln Wheat Cent. Nearly all pennies from 1943 are supposed to be steel cents. However: A small number of copper planchets were left over from 1942 and were used in 1943 during the transition to steel planchets. The 1943 copper cent was produced at all three mints. However - Only 5 San Francisco-minted 1943-S Copper Cents are known to exist - making it rarer than the Philadelphia variety but more common than the unique Denver variety. Most experts believe that there are still a few yet to be discovered!
Beware of fake counterfeits - as this is one of the most counterfeited of all US coins. Some scammers will attempt to plate a 1943 steel penny in copper. A good test is to place the coin near a magnet. If the coin sticks to the magnet - then it has steel content and is therefore fake. Also to watch out for: Scammers will sometimes take a copper 1948 wheat penny and file down the left side of the "8" into a "3" - to trick people into believing it is the rare copper 1943 wheat penny.
USA Coin Book estimated value of 1943-S Lincoln Wheat Penny (Bronze/Copper Variety) is worth $222,403 in average condition and can be worth $523,548 or more in uncirculated (MS+) mint condition. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.
MELT VALUE: $0.0178
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