Complete US Mint Year Set (Foreign and Domestic) – 1943

The DJIA rose almost 14% in 1943 as the war machine got into full blast. Gold remained officially unchanged at $33.85 while silver slid sideways as it averaged 44.8 cents for the second year in a row as the federal government stabilized prices.

The war continued to dominate the news. Eisenhower assumed command of Allied Forces in Europe in January and the RAF began their bombing runs on Berlin.

The big news with coinage was the new Lincoln cent. The design was the same as prior years, but the metal was steel coated with zinc instead of copper that was needed to make shell casings for our soldiers. There were several error coins for collectors to acquire, but no proof nor pattern coins to find. But for those interested in collecting foreign coins minted in the US, this was a banner year with 46 different coins minted for 13 different countries.

  • Lincoln Cent – P, D, S, & Boldly Double D
  • Jefferson Nickel – P, D, S, Doubled Eye 1943 P, & 1943/2 P
  • Mercury Dime – P, D, & S
  • Washington Quarter – P, D, S, DD Obverse P & DD Obverse S
  • Walking Liberty Half – P, D, & S

Coins Minted in United States for Other Nations

Australia
  • 3 Pence (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – D & S
  • 6 Pence (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – D & S
  • 1 Shilling (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – S
  • 1 Florin (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) – S
Belgium Congo
  • 2 Francs (65% copper, 35% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
Cuba
  • 1 Centavo (brass) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia. Weight 2.5g
  • 5 Centavos (brass) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia. Weight 4.6g
Netherlands
  • 10 Cent (72% silver, 28% copper) – P with acorn
  • 25 Cent (72% silver, 28% copper) – P with acorn
Netherlands for Curacao
  • 5 Cents (silver)
  • 10 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P with palm tree
  • 25 Cents (bronze) – P with palm tree
Fiji
  • ½ Penny (brass with hole in center) – S
  • 1 Penny (65% copper, 35% zinc) – S
  • 6 Pence (silver) – S Mint mark on reverse to right and below last 2 #’s of date.
  • 1 Shilling (silver) – S mint mark on reverse above FIJI
  • 1 Florin (90% silver 10% copper) – S
Guatemala
  • 1 Centavo (70% copper, 30% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 2 Centavos (70% copper, 30% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 5 Centavos (72% silver, 28% copper) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 10 Centavos (72% silver, 28% copper) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 25 Centavos (72% silver, 28% copper) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
Netherlands
  • 10 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P with acorn
  • 25 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P with acorn
  • 1 Guilder (64% silver, 36% copper) – P with acorn
Netherlands East Indies
  • 1 Guilder (72% silver, 28% copper) – D and palm
  • 2.5 Guilder (72% silver, 28% copper) – D and palm
Nicaragua
  • 1 Centavo (70% copper, 30% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 5 Centavos (70% copper, 30% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 10 Centavos (70% copper, 30% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
  • 25 Centavos (70% copper, 30% zinc) – no mint mark but made in Philadelphia
Peru

All have mint marks if from San Francisco but not from Philadelphia

  • 5 Centavos (brass) – (“Mil Novecientos Cuarenta Y Cuatro”) – S & plain
  • 10 Centavos (brass) – (“Mil Novecientos Cuarenta Y Cuatro”) – S & plain
  • 20 Centavos (brass) – (“Mil Novecientos Cuarenta Y Cuatro”) – S & plain
  • ½ Sol (brass) – S & plain
  • 1 Sol (brass) – plain
Salvador
  • 25 Centavos (silver) – no mint mark but made in San Francisco
  • 1 Centavo (95% copper, 5% zinc)
Surinam
  • 1 Cent (70% copper, 30% zinc) – P and palm
  • 5 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – no mint mark
  • 10 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P and palm
  • 25 Cents (64% silver, 36% copper) – P and palm

There Were No Pattern Coins This Year