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Over 34 pounds of steel cents are in each 5000-piece bag! These coins, dated exclusively 1943, are composed of steel-coated zinc. These historic coins were the result of copper shortages during World War II. Condition will range from circulated to almost uncirculated.
Dated exclusively from 1943, this 5000 piece bag of Lincoln Steel Cents weighs more than 34 pounds. Each coin is composed of steel coated zinc, due to copper shortages that occurred during and after World War II.
The Lincoln Cent measures approximately 19.05 mm in diameter with a thickness of 1.55 mm, and its design is credited to American sculptor Victor Brenner.
The obverse features the familiar profile of President Abraham Lincoln, who has graced the front of every penny since 1909. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is engraved at the top of the coin, while LIBERTY and the date of mintage are seen at the left and right hand sides.
The reverse prominently features two feathers that surround the phrases ONE CENT and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. E PLURIBUS UNUM, a phrase meaning “out of many, one,” is engraved in small letters at the top of the coin.
Because of shortages that occurred during World War II due to the military’s use of copper for ammunition and other equipment, the United States Mint began to produce zinc-coated steel pennies. Although this temporarily limited the Mint’s dependence and increased conservation during the wartime era, the newly minted coins were commonly mistaken for dimes, forcing the Mint to produce a different composition. Hence, these steel coins were only minted for one year.
Invest in your own bag of these historic 1943 Lincoln Steel Cents by calling Provident Metals at (877) 429-8790 or by using our safe and secure online ordering system.