The easiest way to determine whether or not your 1943 Cent has collectible value—to see if it is possibly bronze rather than steel—is simply to test it with a magnet. If the coin is magnetic, then it is, unfortunately, the common steel version and is not valuable in most cases.
The 1943 steel penny with no mint mark is worth around $0.30 in fine condition. In very fine condition the value is around $0.35. In extremely fine condition the value is around $0.40. In uncirculated condition the price is around $8 for coins with an MS 63 grade.
Because of its collector value, the 1943 copper cent has been counterfeited by coating steel cents with copper or by altering the dates of 1945, 1948, and 1949 pennies. The easiest way to determine if a 1943 cent is made of steel, and not copper, is to use a magnet. If it sticks to the magnet, it is not copper.
A 1943 Lincoln penny that soared in value because it was made from the "wrong" material reportedly has sold for $1 million. The penny was erroneously made of bronze instead of zinc-coated steel at the San Francisco Mint, according to UPI news agency.
How Much is it Worth? At PCGS the 1943 and 1943-S copper pennies are valued at $1 million each, while the 1943-D is listed at $1.5 million. But for a coin this rare, actual sales from auctions or private sales (when available) are the best measure of value, especially as these coins rarely come up for sale.
The 1944 no mintmark steel cent only has a reported mintage of 30, in comparison to more than one million minted in 1943. In 1943, a few bronze pennies were also minted. The bronze 1943 penny is one of the rarest coins in existence, and it sold for $204,000 in an auction in 2019.
The 1943 copper cent was produced at all three mints. However - Only 1 single Denver-minted 1943-D Copper Cent is known to exist. Most experts believe that there are still a few yet to be discovered! Beware of fake counterfeits - as this is one of the most counterfeited of all US coins.
The 1959-D wheat penny is one of the most controversial mule coins ever. It's worth $50,000!
In fact, with the exceptions of major errors and varieties, no Lincoln wheat penny struck after 1933 is worth more than 10 cents in worn condition, and most are worth only 2 or 3 cents. Well-worn 1943 steel pennies often trade for 5 to 10 cents apiece in well-worn condition.
The value of a lightly circulated 1943 steel penny ranges from 20 cents to 50 cents. The uncirculated 1943 steel penny's worth is generally in the neighborhood of $1.50 to $5. Some well-preserved uncirculated 1943 steel pennies with pristine surfaces are worth more than $100.
The easiest way to clean a steel penny is to soak it in olive oil. Let the pennies sit in the oil for several minutes. Next, remove the penny and gently apply a cotton swab to the surface. The cotton will absorb the oil and leave behind a shiny steel surface.
Quarter - George Washington
The Washington quarter dollar was minted in 1932 in celebration of the first president's 200th birthday.
Considered to be the most valuable of the non-error Wheat Pennies, the 1914 D Wheat Penny commands an asking price range from $281 to $4,268.
Value of a 1943 Steel Penny
They are worth about 10 to 13 cents each in circulated condition and as much as 50 cents or more if uncirculated.
In 1986, a retired police officer named Leon Baller announced that he bought a 1959-D Lincoln cent with a wheat reverse design. This type of coin is referred to as a "Mule," since all 1959 cents should have a memorial reverse design. Baller claims he purchased the coin for $1,500.
Most 1999 pennies in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.01. These coins can only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition. The 1999 penny with no mint mark and the 1999 D penny are each worth around $0.30 in uncirculated condition with an MS 65 grade.
The 1944 Lincoln penny is particularly desirable in the eyes of collectors not only because of its design, but also due to its scarcity. Being that there are no more 1944 Lincolns being produced, the scarcity of these coins is constantly on the rise, thus making the coins more valuable.
The 1944 Wheat penny without a mint mark is worth about 15 cents. One with a “D” mintmark in Extremely Fine condition could sell for about twenty cents. If it's Uncirculated, expect it to be priced at around 35 cents. 1944 Wheat pennies with distinctive attributes could be worth thousands of dollars.
USA Coin Book Estimated Value of 1956-D Lincoln Wheat Penny (D Above Shadow D Variety) is Worth $5.70 in Average Condition and can be Worth $39 to $83 or more in Uncirculated (MS+) Mint Condition.
Value of a 1957-D Wheat Penny
An average uncirculated specimen (MS-63) will cost about seventy-five cents. The highest grade that a third-party certification service has ever issued to a 1957-D Lincoln cent is MS-67+Red (PCGS) that sold for $2,640 in August 2018 at a Stack's Bowers auction.
The 1961 penny with no mint mark and the 1961 D penny are each worth around $0.15 in uncirculated condition with an MS-63RB grade. The value is around $1 in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS-65RD. Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $1.50 in PR-65RD condition.
USA Coin Book Estimated Value of 1969-S Lincoln Memorial Penny is Worth $0.56 or more in Uncirculated (MS+) Mint Condition. Proof coins can be worth $1.13 or more.
What Makes This Penny so Special? In the 1990s and early 2000s, the United States Mint used different dies for producing coins for circulation and Proof coins for collectors. Due to a mix-up at the mint back in 1992, a proof die was used for the reverse of the coin before it was supposed to be used starting in 1993.