1943 Steel Penny
Price is per coin. Dates are our choice.
These are from a mixed lot and are extras
from a type set I was putting together.
Order 3 and I'll try to get you a matched set.
These are about VG to VF, no culls.
About the Steel Penny:
Due to wartime needs of copper for use in ammunition
and other military equipment during World War II,
the US Mint researched various ways to limit
dependence and meet conservation goals on copper usage.
After trying out several substitutes (ranging
from other metals to plastics) to replace the
then standard bronze alloy, it was minted in
It was made at all three mints, Philadelphia,
Denver, and San Francisco. Coins from the latter
two sites have respectively "D" and "S" mintmarks
below the date.
There is a variant of the 1943 penny that
is one of the rarest U.S. coins ever.
When making the switch from copper to steel
blanks, there were some copper planchets left
in the hopper feeding the pressing machine.
About 40 genuine 1943 copper pennies were minted,
with 12 known to exist today.
One just changed hands a few years ago for US200,000
(that's 20 million regular pennies, by the way).