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1974-D Bronze Looking Penny

 
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 Posted 01/14/2016  5:45 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add wbarkley to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've done some research on this coin and I would like to get a second opinion.

This appears to look like 1974-D Bronze penny, but upon closer inspection I can tell that it's just a coating, with copper showing in warn areas.

But I'm still not sure if its significant or someone playing with a chemistry set?



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 Posted 01/14/2016  6:25 pm  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Do you mean brass? It is the color of brass.

A normal 1974 cent is 95% copper and 5% zinc.
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 Posted 01/14/2016  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hoosiergator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First thing to do: get the weight of your coin in grams.
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 Posted 01/15/2016  01:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wbarkley to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It weighs 3.14 grams. I compared it to a 1937 wheat that weighed 3.13 grams.
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 Posted 01/15/2016  12:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When a perfectly normal, copper colored cents are exposed to certain chemicals (some acids in paper) they can take on a bright, brassy color. I had that happen recently with a nice LWC-09 VDB. I'd but it obverse down in a cheap coin folder so kids could see the initials better. After a few months I remembered to take it out to transfer it back to my album and WOW! It was yellow brassy. [I know: stupid, so save your posts]. I have another early 70-LMC that became yellow - don't know why on that one.

In brief, if it's made of brass 95/5 we shouldn't be surprised when it looks like brass. IMHO.

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 Posted 01/16/2016  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It could be high lighter on the coin?
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 Posted 03/07/2018  9:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ultra B to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey wbarkley, I have a similar coin, bright as heck. Couldn't believe it is 1974 d. Compared to my other normal brown 1974d it looks brand new. More like a zinc coin. Lemme know if you find out anything. Thanks.
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 Posted 09/21/2021  01:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gsp193 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have the same one except no mintmark. Someone must have been coating them with something for some reason.




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 Posted 09/21/2021  1:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could just be toning, but I'm leaning more towards a chemistry class experiment in plating that is now wearing off. Either way it's just post mint damage ( PMD).
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 Posted 09/22/2021  6:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reminds me of a single layer of brass/gold plating that is worn off the outside edge of the coin and slowly going away also on the faces of the coin.
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1. Intro, older coins, toned coins 2. Doubled dies 3. Die events, One of a kind errors 4. So called errors, Coin information 5. Coin information Types and Varieties, Overlays
Jefferson nickel doubled dies Wexler/Rebar complete listings

trail dies:http://www.traildies.com/
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 Posted 09/22/2021  6:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sure looks plated to me.
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 Posted 09/22/2021  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Me too.
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