1943 Steel Penny

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Many folks don’t know this, but during World War II, for one year only, the United States minted the 1943 Steel Penny. The 1943 silver colored penny is a wartime issue made of steel, and coated with zinc. During World War II, copper was so badly needed for the war effort (to make shell casings) that the U.S. penny was made out of steel that year, which is why most 1943 pennies are silver colored.

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