Description and Analysis

Lincoln Cents, Wheat Reverse

Description & Analysis

David W. Lange, in his book The Complete Guide to Lincoln Cents, titled the section on the 1943 bronze cents "Error Coin Royalty." This they are, as no other mint error coins are so highly and widely sought.

It's assumed that a few stray planchets leftover from 1942 remained lodged within tote bins that were later filled with steel planchets and then worked their way loose. How many were struck from 1943-dated dies is unknown, but about 17 are confirmed to exist. Most are worn or impaired in some way.