Did you know...
That in l943, pennies were only made of copper for a short time? This was during World War II, and the U.S. needed the copper to make communications equipment for the war. Because of this, pennies were made of steel.
That the 1943 copper-alloy cent is one of the most sought after items by coin collectors? There are about 40 of these known to be in existence today.
That the way to find out if your 1943 penny is copper, is with a magnet? If you can't pick it up with the magnet, it's copper, and it could be worth a lot of money to you?
That a 1943 copper cent was auctioned off on December 22,1999, for $112,500?
That when the U.S Mint discussed getting rid of the penny the public was outraged, especially in Illinois, the home state of Abraham Lincoln.