What is the value of a 1942 US Steel penny?
There are no steel cents with that date. All 1942 cents were
made of bronze (copper with a bit of tin and zinc). 1942 cents are
common and are worth about 3¢ in circulated condition.
In 1943 the Mint made cents out of steel to free
up copper for use in ammunition. Depending on condition and mint
mark a 1943 steel cent is worth roughly a quarter to a half
The bronze composition was resumed in 1944.