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1943P-1DO | 1943P-1DR
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| 1943D-1DO | 1943D-1DR | 1943D-1MM
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| 1943S-1DO | 1943S-1DR | 1943S-1MM
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mintage figures
Philadelphia : 684,628,670
mintage classification : URS-31
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
Denver : 217,660,000
mintage classification : URS-29
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
San Francisco : 191,550,000
mintage classification : URS-29
population in circulation : 0
circulation classification : URS-0
percentage of circulation : 0%
Total : 1,093,838,670
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1943
this year in history...
  • Bobby Fischer, first American world chess champion, was born on March 9th.
Specific notes about this year's cents...

  • For the first time since the beginning of production for the Lincoln cent, the composition of the coin changes this year. Because of an expectant shortage of copper, the mint decides to make cents out of steel and coat them in zinc. The program was found to be less than successful and the idea was abandoned one year later making the 1943 steel cent a one-year type.
  • 1943 is known for having one of the big sought after errors in the Lincoln series. Some of the 1943 cents were struck on blanks intended for 1942 cents, creating the copper 1943 cent. These are extremely rare, and knockoffs are very common. Since steel is magnetic and copper is not, a simple test to see if a copper-looking 1943 cent sticks to a magnet will tell at a glance whether or not you have a rarity.
  • Since steel corrodes and rusts easily, and zinc tends not to react well with air or moisture, many 1943 cents are corroded or otherwise damaged. A process of recoating 1943 cents with zinc known as processing or reprocessing can fool novice collectors into thinking they have truly uncirculated specimens, where actually they have worthless tampered-with coins. A little experience shopping around can help the novice easily discern the difference, but a very quick way to tell is to examine the coins for flow lines. Those without flow lines and a chrome-like surface are probably reprocessed.
 

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