1943 Copper Penny

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1943 Copper Wheat Penny in average condition to be worth $60047.00, while one in mint state could be valued around $250,000.00. - Last updated: May, 30 2023

1943 Copper Penny
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Only a few 1943 copper pennies were minted, all of which would have been released by error into the coin supply. During that year, the pennies minted were supposed to be steel or war pennies. Coin analysts suggest that copper plates from 1942 may have been tested or left mixed amongst the other steel plates, thus creating the error. No matter the cause, 1943 copper pennies now sell for just under $100,000 each, according to our resources.

Warning: Many 1943 Copper Pennies are fakes. A 1948 copper penny can be filed down on the left side of the 8, making it look like a 3 instead. Make sure your 1943 copper pennies are certified! Additionally, watch out for fake 1942 copper pennies that are actually just copper plated steel pennies of that same year. It's not hard to copper plate a coin; scam artists do it quite often. Use a magnet to verify the coin's metallic composition. If the coin sticks to the magnet, it's a copper-plated steel, and therefore a fake.


Jess : My 1943 steel wheat penny magnetizes on the side of the penny but no the the whole penny, is it a fake?? Approved: February 6, 2024 5:58 am

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How much is a 1943 Copper Penny worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $60047.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $250,000 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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The most valuable Copper Wheat Penny's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

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Copper Wheat Penny 1943 $250k
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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