MS66 Grade 1943 Steel Wartime Cent
In 1943, in an effort to conserve copper supplies during WWII, all U.S. cents minted during that year were struck in zinc coated steel instead of copper. Today, nearly 60 years later, the Steel Penny’s unusual silvery surface still holds considerable appeal to collectors. The majority of these coins were heavily circulated at the time, so to find one in an Uncirculated grade of MS66 is no easy task.
These legendary 1943 steel cents are in sealed and certified tamper-proof holders from PCGS and come packaged in a free velveteen display box for posterity and protection. Just last year, a 1943 Steel Penny graded MS68 (just two grades higher) sold at auction for more than $2,500! As time goes by, these wartime cents–especially those in Uncirculated condition–are likely to continue to appreciate in value.
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