1943 Steel Wheat Penny

Last updated: February, 06 2024

The 1943 Steel Wheat Cent could be worth up the $65.00 USD in MS-66. On average this coin will sell for $10.00. This 1c coin is worth 65 cents even in something of a fair-good state to any collector looking to finish up their collection. There are quiet a few varieties of errors that make this coin worth much more than the listed prices above, including a 1943 Bronze Wheat Penny that is one of the most valuable coins ever minted in error.

1943 Steel Wheat Penny
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Notes: While these coins may look like silver, the 1943 cent is actually 99% steel with a 1% zinc coating to make it look silverish. In the year 1943 the United States issued the steel penny because the copper was needed for World War II. The steel or silver 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.

1943 Steel Cent

1943 Steel Wheat Cent Errors

Steel Wheat Cent Errors

Double Die

Double die strike errors are known to exist in the year 1943 for the steel wheat cent. Look closely at the lettering and or dates to find traces of this error.

Off Center Strike

When the die strikes the planchet off center it creates an off center strike. These can be off anywhere from 5-90% in any direction. Look for a blank crescent shape at the edge of the coin to spot this error. See image above as example.

Struck on Dime Planchet

Silver dime planchets somehow made their way into the hoppers for the 1943 steel pennies and were struck and released to the public by accident.

Struck Through

Example above is a struck through die cap, but in general struck through errors occur when a foreign object makes its way between the die and the planchet and remnants of this object are indented into the coin.

1943 Bronze Wheat Penny

The mother of all coin United States coin errors. The 1943 Bronze / Copper planchet wheat cent is one of the most valuable coin errors ever.


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EBradley: Found this coin searching bank rolls. Not sure if coin is double error. Using magnifying glass and bright light but how can I be certain? Approved: December 9, 2022 8:48 am

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Admin: Thanks for posting Bradley, I moved this comment to the general 1943 Steel Cent page to help others. When searching for and verifying double die errors look closely at the edge of lettering and or the date. If you can post a photo of the error I might be able to help you a little more. Basically as it states above you will want to look for trace amounts of a prestruck number or words. Here use this example of errors and look at the double die section to get a better look. Approved: December 9, 2022 8:56 am

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Thurman : I have a 1943 3 over 2 penny steel with ddo on date, the word Liberty which the L in liberty is on the rim, also in god we trust, is it valuable Approved: February 6, 2024 7:11 am

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Admin: @Thurman, Your asking about a FS-101 1943/1942 overdate error which is extremely rare, and yes there should be some traces of doubling on the words Liberty. This is also known as a Doubled Die Obverse error.

Approved: February 6, 2024 7:11 am

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Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

Breakdown of pricing per condition for by individual grade.

  • Grade MS61 = $2-$3
  • Grade MS62 = $5-$8
  • Grade MS63 = $8-$13
  • Grade MS64 = $15-$25
  • Grade MS65 = $26-$44
  • Grade MS66 = $41-$69
  • Grade MS67 = $338-$563
  • Grade MS68 = $3,000-$5,000

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How much is a 1943 Steel Wheat Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 65 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $65 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 Wheat Penny's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Steel Wheat Penny 1944 $408k
Steel Wheat Penny 1943 $65
Steel Wheat Penny 1943 S $25
Steel Wheat Penny 1943 D $12
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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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.