Mintage:33,988,806 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1943 is one of the easiest dates in the series with a high
of almost 34 million pieces and a small number of mint rolls surfacing. The date is almost
always struck without significant flaws allowing for higher grade mint state pieces but by this
stage the obverse dies were already quite worn and as such often lack
Soft obverse of a 1943 half penny
Date set collectors will have no problem obtaining this date in circulated grades and init's quite easy too. This date
is often chosen as atype coindue to its availability with fullmint brillianceand low price tag. The year is available right
up to MS65RD
(PCGS Population Chart, 2012)
though it is somewhat scarce above MS64. Collectors should aim for at least MS64RD with a good number of examples available.
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