5 Fun Facts About 1943 Steel Pennies

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1943 steel pennies are among the most popular Lincoln cents of all time.

Why? One reason may be that they look so different from all the copper Lincoln pennies made over the decades.

1943 pennies were made because the United States was, at the time, engaged in World War II. Copper was being rationed to make artillery.

Here are 5 Fun Facts about 1943 steel pennies:

  • More than 1 billion 1943 steel pennies were made — so they aren’t rare.
  • 1943 steel pennies weigh 2.70 grams — lighter than traditional copper Lincoln pennies that weigh 3.11 grams. (Here’s everything you need to know about coin scales.)
  • 1943 steel pennies stick to a magnet.
  • There is a coating of zinc on each steel penny.
  • Most 1943 steel pennies are worth 25 cents to 75 cents each. Well-worn or rusted steel pennies are worth less. Uncirculated specimens are worth more.

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