In great demand by collectors, these unusual Steel cents were struck only in 1943 – the same year that then-Lieutenant John F. Kennedy became a war hero after his torpedo boat, PT-109, was sunk by the Japanese near the Solomon Islands.
As an emergency conservation measure during World War II, all 1943 U.S. cents were struck in zinc-coated steel instead of copper, saving millions of pounds of copper for wartime use. However, a drawback of the Steel cent was that it soon corroded in moist conditions. And over the years, the Treasury withdrew and melted more than 162 million of these sought-after wartime issues.
Many survivors have been "reprocessed" with a new layer of zinc plating – greatly reducing their numismatic value. But the coins offered here appear just as they did when struck 70 years ago. If you're missing these nice, original Mint State coins, you'll want this historic set with a Steel cent from Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. Supplies are limited, so don't delay.
- Product Type: Sets
- Year: 1943