1943 Steel Penny


CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1943 Steel Penny in average condition to be worth 45 cents, while one in mint state could be valued around $10.00.

  • Year: 1943
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Steel Penny
  • Price: 45 cents-$10.00
  • Face Value: 0.01 USD
  • Produced: 684,628,000 **
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Silver Content: 0%


1943 Steel Penny
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Notes: In the year 1943 the United States issued the steel penny because the copper was needed for World War II the steel look is actually the result of the mint using a Zinc coating. The composition of this coin is 99% steel with a thin layer of zinc. See photo above for actual example. The 1943 Steel Wheat Penny is much akin to the 1943 War Nickel in that both coins were issued with alternate metal compositions in order to save metal for the war.

How much is a 1943 Steel Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 45 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $10 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1943, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].


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Most Valuable

The most valuable Steel Penny's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Steel Penny 1943 $10
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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Hardest to Find

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What is the rarest Steel Penny?

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1943 684,628,000
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**When we say that 684628, of these coins were produced or minted in 1943 this number doesn't always match the actual circulation count for this coin. The numbers come from the United States mint, and they don't reflect coins that have been melted, destroyed, or those that have never been released. Please keep that in mind.

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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.

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