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1943 Copper Penny Facts And Values-Rare American Pennies

Updated on August 11, 2012


When it comes to rare pennies, the 1943 copper penny is one of the rarest. In 1943, the copper penny was replaced by the steel penny. The reason the steel penny replaced the copper penny was because of World War II. America needed all the copper they could get so the government chose to produce steel pennies instead of copper pennies. Due to this, America would only produce steel pennies dated for 1943. However, there were a few 1943 copper pennies that were accidentally struck and found their way into circulation. It is believed that there were some blanks were left in the machine from the previous year.

Today, it is believed that there is only a few dozen 1943 copper pennies left in the world. By coin standards, this is not a lot. It is an encouraging sign that coin experts believe that more of them do exist. So if you have old pennies that you haven't checked, it is well worth sorting through them. You never know, you may own one of the rarest pennies in the world!

This was the complete set of pennies that were produced in 1943. However, a mint error caused a few copper pennies to be sent into circulation.
This was the complete set of pennies that were produced in 1943. However, a mint error caused a few copper pennies to be sent into circulation.


The 1943 copper penny is a very valuable coin. Like any coin, the value depends on the condition and rarity of your coin. You already know the 1943 copper penny is very rare, so it would then depend on the condition of your penny. The 1943 copper penny is so rare and valuable, that even in a low grade, the coin is worth tens of thousands of dollars! 1943 copper penny values can range from $30,000-$90,000.

If you believe you have a 1943 copper penny, you need to make sure you have it graded professionally. You want to take it to a professional that you know and trust. Due to the value of this rare coin, it is best to go to someone you already know or a company that you trust. But like all rare coins, it is possible that your coin is actually counterfeited.

Pay close attention to the "3" in your penny. Look for wear and scraping on the left side of the number.
Pay close attention to the "3" in your penny. Look for wear and scraping on the left side of the number.


Since the 1943 copper penny is rare and extremely valuable, it is often counterfeited. Due to this, you want to examine your coin very closely to make sure it is authentic. Even after examination, it is possible that you won't be able to tell if it is real or not. Once again, this is why it is very important to have it professionally graded and authenticated.

First, one easy way to see if your 1943 penny is copper is by using a magnet. The 1943 steel penny was made with zinc-coated steel. If it is a steel penny, it will stick to the magnet. So if your penny sticks to the magnet, it is not real. Now, if it doesn't stick, there are some things that you still need to check. You need to check the "3" in the date of the coin. You need to see if there are in marks or wear on the left side of the "3". If there is, it is probably a fake. Many people have took the 1948 copper penny and altered the "8" to make it look like a "3". It is also possible that they made it out of a 1949 copper penny also. If your coin passes these test, we suggest that you have it graded by a professional coin grading company.


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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, thanks for taking the time to comment and drop by. For sure! It is worth checking. The 1909S-VDB wheat penny is another gem, worth a few hundred/thousand depending on condition. I wrote an article on wheat penny values for the entire collection, but there are a few that have decent value. Definitely worth checking.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I have a bag of coins, mostly pennies, in storage. I may have to get these out and check the dates and conditions now. Thanks for the share and information on values.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      PCGS and NGC are some of the best to go through. They are professional and legit. They both have websites for further information on their grading services.





      Thanks for your time and comments. Glad you enjoyed this article:)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This takes me back to my collecting days. Thanks for the memories.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      I agree with Faith Reaper. I feel the urge to start checking all my pennies!!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I need to go through my penny jar for sure! Ha. Very interesting hub. Great job. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago from some place in the Big Apple

      I collect coins myself and this is very interesting information but where do I find a legit professional coin grading company to evaluate my coin without cheating me.?


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