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1943 Lincoln Steel Cent - Philadelphia - NGC MS66
1943 Lincoln Steel Cent - Philadelphia - NGC MS66

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Our Price: $39.95
Year: 1943
Mint(s): Philadelphia
Composition: Zinc Coated Steel
Diameter: 19 mm

Product Code: 27170

World War II was easily the largest armed conflict in the history of the United States, and arguably the entire world. Every nation the world over was faced with a shortage of war-time material, and the United States of America was no exception. The two largest shortages we faced were copper and nickel, two materials integral to the production of our cent and five-cent coinage denominations. In response to this, the United States Mint decided to change their composition for the duration of the war. The non-copper cents were minted for just one year in 1943 and became well-known among collectors as the Lincoln Steel Cents. We spent the last year grabbing up as many of these WWII relics as we could and sent them out to be certified by the graders over at NGC and, to put it bluntly, the results were shocking!

The WWII Cent: A One-Year Only Special

In 1943, the United States was still fighting WWII and was facing a serious shortage of copper – a material that was critical to the United States War Effort. In an effort to reduce the use of copper, the Treasury Department resorted to using zinc-coated steel to make our Lincoln Cents for the year 1943. This was a very special one-year-only emergency coin and as a result it's the first and only steel coin in U.S. history. These special Steel Cents were produced at all three major United States Mints: Philadelphia, and Denver, and San Francisco.

Unbelievably Rare Piece of History...Certified!

When it comes to Steel Cents, the Philadelphia Mint issues are the coins to own, but don’t take our word for it, the numbers speak for themselves! In 1943, the Philadelphia Mint produced over 84,628,670 Steel Cents compared to the combined 409,210,000 from San Francisco and Denver, which makes each Philadelphia Mint Steel Cent almost 5 times RARER than their D and S counterparts!

NGC has confirmed that only 9,626 of these Philadelphia Steel Cents exist in MS66 condition or better, which means that only 1 in every 8,792 P-Mint Steel Cents exist in this grade!

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