About 1944 Zinc Lincoln Cents - Wheat Reverse
The 1944 steel cent is a very rare off-metal transitional error, with perhaps fewer than 50 to 75 pieces made in total. Presumably, this error occurred when either some 1943 steel planchets were left in mint hoppers and struck with 1944 dies. Another explanation is that foreign planchets of similar weight and size to the planchet used for 1943 steel cents were accidentally struck with the 1944 United States one-cent dies.
In either case, 1944 steel cents are highly sought after by Lincoln cent enthusiasts and also collectors who specialize in error coins. Most 1944 steel cents are known in circulated grades, with but a handful existing in uncirculated condition. All take high-five and low-six-figure prices, and one example graded by PCGS as an MS64 went for $158,625 in 2013.
|Denom:||1c / Cent|
|Coinage Type:||Lincoln, Wheat reverse (Bronze)|
|Composition:||95% copper; 5% zinc & tin|
|Designer:||Victor D. Brenner|
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