When it comes to the regular 1943 Steel Cents, none are excessively rare, although finding a spot-free high grade example in a certified holder can prove to be difficult. The finest examples that are certified by PCGS and NGC, for all Mints, are graded as MS-68. Surprisingly, the 1943 Philadelphia issue, with the highest mintage, is the scarcest.
PCGS has graded 48 1943 Steel Cents in MS-68, while NGC only has certified 5 at the same grade level. For the 1943-D, PCGS has graded 122 in MS-68, while NGC has graded 50. As for the 1943-S, PCGS has graded 52 in MS-68 with NGC having certified 13 in that grade. Lower grades, even MS-67’s are very abundant and affordable, for any of the 1943 Steel Cents.
When it comes to values it must be mentioned that PCGS graded coins often sell for multiples of coins in NGC holders. This is because of PCGS set registry program and their allegedly stricter grading. That said, the current value for PCGS 1943 steel cents graded MS-68 is approximately $2500 each, while NGC graded examples appear to be selling for approximately $500 each, although offerings are rare, thanks to the low population. PCGS graded MS-68’s of the Denver issue sell for approximately $1500 each, with San Francisco coins usually selling for a bit more. NGC offerings are usually lower than that. It must be noted that prices vary widely, as these coins are often oxidized, and those examples trade for considerable lower amounts than spot-free steel cents.