1944-D 1C Steel MS62 Certification #18523807, PCGS #82725

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1944-D Steel Cent is a very rare off-metal striking created when a steel blank left over from 1943 was struck in the normal production run of 1944-D Bronze Cents.  Because the Denver Mint was not producing zinc-coated steel coins for foreign governments in 1944 (as was the Philadelphia Mint), the number of 1944-D Steel Cents is automatically expected to be lower than that of the 1944 Steel Cents, and such is the case.  PCGS can account for seven demonstrably different 1944-D Steel Cents, which is about a fourth of the estimated population of the 1944 Steel Cent.  The finest example (the one illustrated here) is part of the Simpson collection of off-metal 1943 and 1944 Cents, the only complete collection ever assembled of these hugely popular coins.

Important note: Until recently, PCGS certified 1944 Steel Cents under their Mint Error program, which assigned the coins certificate numbers which were subsets of the normal 1944 Bronze Cents.  Thus, the PCGS Population Report data for the 1944 Steel Cent is understated and should be ignored.

Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Designer
Victor David Brenner
Edge
Plain
Mintage
Unknown
Weight
2.70 grams
Metal Content
Zinc-coated Steel
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
1
Pop Lower
2
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5548, $82,250

1 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:1583, $115,000 - Simpson collection

3 MS60 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2008:2715, $92,000

4 AU55 PCGS grade AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU53 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2010:3153, $37,375