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 Posted 03/13/2012  3:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add flatuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have seen all the posts online about how to get a 1988 penny to look like steel/silver. I have a 1988 penny that looks looks like my 1943 steel proof. It sounds just like it and sticks to a magnet just like it. How can I find out how it could have gotten minted and if has a value?
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 Posted 03/13/2012  3:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Do you have any photos of it to show?
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 Posted 03/13/2012  4:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add flatuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Only camera I have is on my phone but here goes.



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 Posted 03/13/2012  4:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Doesn't look like your 43s.
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 Posted 03/13/2012  5:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add flatuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Noticed that in the photo. Looks a little darker and not as shiny as the proof set. Any thoughts on what it could be? I noticed that no coins were minted for other countries in 1988. The magnet thing throws me off.
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 Posted 03/13/2012  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

2 points to address-

1) The 1943 steel cents do not exist as proofs. If you have a 1943 with a glossy surface, it has been polished or replated.
2) The US Mint has not used any magnetic planchets since the 1943 steel cents. The most likely explanation is that your coin has been plated with nickel(pure nickel is ferromagnetic). Check the weight to confirm, if it is around the normal weight of 3.1 grams then it has been plated.
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 Posted 03/13/2012  5:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add flatuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a picture next to ther pennies.

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 Posted 03/13/2012  5:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add flatuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, I will let you know.
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 Posted 03/14/2012  3:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You say it sticks to a magnet like the 43's. Does it "stick" or does it jump to the magnet? Most likely it just "sticks" and is slightly magnetic. This is caused by a heavy nickel plating. Pure nickel is magnetic and the plating will make it stick to the magnet, but there isn't enough of mass of nickel to jump to the magnet and carry the weight of the rest of the coin along with it.
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 Posted 03/14/2012  8:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add M0nks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
most likely it was plated by someone post mint nothing special just a curiousity item probably
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 Posted 03/14/2012  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lincolncentguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh boy....here we go again...Did you ever notice new members always have these rare and unusual coins? welcome to the forum anyway.
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 Posted 03/15/2012  10:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

As noted it is just a plated coin. But you never know what you'll find by looking so keep at it.
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 Posted 03/15/2012  2:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add upstate to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Oh boy....here we go again...Did you ever notice new members always....


That's Ok it's what we do, share knowledge, advice, solve mysteries, etc. Whats obvious to us may be an enigma to a novice or YN.
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 Posted 03/15/2012  5:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ram96 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to the forum. It was a unusual coin that I had that brought me to this forum. You will find a lot of knowledge here.

Anyone have Lincolncentguy's first couple of posts? :)
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 Posted 03/16/2012  12:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DM1975 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Upstate that is very true. I never understood why people get all upset when someone new has a question about something like that. Posts like that just serve to drive people away. Everyone on here was new to numismatics at some point and we should make it a point of honor to be the place they come to ask for advice and not be insulting about it.
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 Posted 03/16/2012  09:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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.Did you ever notice new members always have these rare and unusual coins?

Of course they do. The long term established people don't have them so they MUST be in the hands of the newbies.
Gary Schmidt
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