Friday, September 09, 2005

A penny for your thoughts

I was sifting through my change the other day when I saw this:

One doesn't see wheat-back pennies much these days. I think it's been about 50 years since they were minted. But something about this one was different. That's a color picture above. Where is the distinctive copper color we see on pennies?

I turned it over:

It is a 1943-S steel cent, made during World War II in an effort to conserve copper for the war effort. It's not especially rare (millions were produced) or valuable, but people hoarded them because they were different, and one does not see that many in circulation. This is the first one I have ever seen. And yes, I did stick a magnet to it, just to make sure it was really steel.

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