- The 1943 steel cent, also known as a steel war penny or steelie, was a variety of the U.S. one-cent coin which was struck in steel due to wartime shortages of copper, which was needed for ammunition and other military equipment during World War II.
- To commemorate this special wartime penny, the Merrick Mint has released a non-monetary tribute that combines the design of the legendary '1943 Lincoln Penny' on the obverse with the design the famous 'Lincoln Memorial Penny' on the reverse.
- The coin is commemoratively dated 1943, with the inscription WWII added above the date. This first time release tribute World War II Penny is over three-quarters of an inch in size and almost double the thickness of its circulating counterpart.
- This non-monetary issue is only available through this special private minting and fully clad in Genuine Black Ruthenium.
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