Coin Specifications

Category: Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse (1909-1958)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 684,628,670
Catalog: KM-132a
Obverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Reverse Designer: Victor D. Brenner
Composition: Zinc Coated Steel
Weight: 2.70g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1943 1C MS obverse 1943 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

After experimenting with various metals and plastics during 1942, the U. S. Mint determined that the best option for excluding copper from the cent was to use steel planchets having a coating of zinc for corrosion resistance. These coins proved to be a nuisance in commerce, being mistaken for dimes when new and sometimes nickels when worn. Since they were magnetic, the steel cents also failed to work in vending machines and turnstiles. About the only thing the Mint got right with these coins is their date style, the numeral 3 having the long tail that it so often lacked in earlier issues.

Vast numbers were saved in Mint State for their novelty, but their highly reactive composition has made preserving their beauty a real challenge. With exposure to moisture the underlying steel often rusted, even with the zinc plating. Gems are plentiful through MS 67, and encapsulation is perhaps the safest means of maintaining their original appearance.

A very popular doubled-die obverse variety shows the lettering and date swollen but not fully separted. These coins are scarce, especially in Mint State.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2014

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1943 1C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.10 0.20 0.28 0.38 0.65 0.70 0.75 0.90 1.05 1.15 1.75 3.25 19.00 27.50 50.00 135 2500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10090
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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8/14/2016 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(4), 1238/Lot# 5699


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4/4/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1423, 1423/Lot# 1160 $54.50
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 147 $253.00
10/7/2003 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23102, 23102/Lot# 11114 $49.45
6/26/2006 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 93, 98/Lot# 392 $52.90
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 68   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1568 $3,450.00
12/13/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20086/Lot# 1075 $6,435.00
1/6/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 31811 $35.00
3/17/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104241 $25.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 8955 $211.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1943 1C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333336976115201463275430684217
3333333333334731891442881227285934510
0000003333334731891442881227285900
00000033333358541021723761990296300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 463
Owner: andold
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 463
Owner: Big Tiger
 
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