1 Cent "Steel Cent"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1943-1944
Value 1 Cent (0.01 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Zinc clad steel
Weight 2.70 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 3173
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References KM# 132a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 130a
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Profile of President Abraham Lincoln

Lettering:
IN GOD WE TRUST
LIBERTY
1943
S
VDB

Engraver: Victor David Brenner

Victor David Brenner was a Litvak-American sculptor, engraver, and medalist known primarily as the designer of the United States Lincoln Cent.

Reverse

Two wheat ears

Lettering:
E·PLURIBUS·UNUM
ONE
CENT
UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA

Translation:
OUT·OF MANY·ONE
ONE
CENT
UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA

Engraver: Victor David Brenner

Victor David Brenner was a Litvak-American sculptor, engraver, and medalist known primarily as the designer of the United States Lincoln Cent.

Edge

Smooth

1 Cent "Steel Cent" -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The 1944 zinc coated steel cent is a "Transitional Error" which occurred during the changeover from zinc coated steel back to bronze. The most noticeable variety in this year of steel cents is the 1943-D with the prominent doubled mint-mark.

In 1944, unused blanks for this coin were used for Belgian 2 Franc coins.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1943  684 628 670 0.22 0.40 0.43 0.69 1.06 1.17 2.60 85%
1943 D 217 660 000 0.22 0.40 0.41 0.61 1.17 1.45 3.23 41%
1943 D 1.9% Boldly repunched mintmark
1943 S 191 550 000 0.22 1.06 0.59 0.70 1.06 1.44 4.28 38%
1944  28 0.11% Struck with wrong metal; around 28 examples estimated
1944 D 7 0.02% Struck with wrong metal; 7 examples known
1944 S 2 0.02% Struck with wrong metal; 2 examples known

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