- Additional Details
- Includes: 1943 Lincoln Steel Cent, 1942-1945 Silver Jefferson Nickel, Certificate of Authenticity
During 1943, the copper used in the minting of Pennies was urgently needed for shell casings and combat weapons and vehicles. With more Pennies produced than any other coin, the U.S. Mint sought a substitute metal for America's One-Cent coin. Production of the zinc-coated Steel Cent began in February 1943 and continued through the end of the year. The copper released from the new wartime Cent was enough to meet the combined needs of two cruisers, two destroyers, 1,243 B-17 Flying Fortresses, 120 field guns and 120 howitzers; or enough for 1.25 million shells for the U.S. big field guns. As a result, to eliminate the need for nickel in America's Five-Cent piece, the Mint introduced a revolutionary alloy for the Jefferson Nickel composed of 35% silver. Gleaming like shiny silver when they were new, these Wartime Jefferson Nickels were minted from 1942 - 1945.