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1985 D Error Penny Zinc Or Steel

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 Posted 01/25/2020  04:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gphx to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I found one of these too in circulation. Oddly it is also a 1985 D. Also nonmagnetic. Under magnification there are little blebs and streaks of silver colored metal on top of the struck design. It looks thinner than an ordinary cent so does not appear to have been plated which would make it thicker. A possible explanation is the copper was intentionally removed using electrolysis causing some zinc to redeposit on the face of the coin - presuming electrolysis would work that way!

Either that or three people finding specifically 1985 D pennies indicates something else is going on. That said the latter two of us probably searched on 1985 D pennies and got dropped right on this page while people with similar pennies of other years and mints did not.

In any case I'll probably wonder about it for the rest of my life and when I die someone going through my stuff can find it and take over. =)
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to CCF gphx.
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 Posted 05/22/2020  01:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Toner23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I also have the same coin
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Toner23,
to CCF.. As already stated, it is not an error coin. If not environmental damage,someone did it on purpose and used the same date coins.
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Just found this penny roll hunting in NM.
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I dont believe it's someone tampering with coloring its gotta be a mint error... I today received a 1985 D mint mark Lincoln penny that is gray and weighs 2.5 gs. I'd post a pic of it but I cant figure out the photo editor for file sizing. As soon as I figure it out I'll post the pics!
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to CCF. Normal weight is 2.5 grams for a copper plated zinc core cent, +/- .10 mint tolerance. If it was missing the copper plating it would weight less.
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to the CCF!

Here's what you would expect a 1985-D with no copper plating to look like. You can still see the mint luster on this one.



The dark color on the coins posted here shows what you would expect from chemical removal of the plating as it continued to damage and dull the surfaces of the zinc core of the coin.


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its gotta be a mint error..

Famous last words.

The dull grey colour is a dead give away that the cooper coating has environmentally striped away leaving the zinc core exposed. We see these all the time, especially metal detector finds or chemistry class experiments. No mint errors here, just post mint damage.
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