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1942 penny partially plated. Is it real? Possible experimental?  
 

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 Posted 08/12/2017  10:18 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add refund to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found this in a sandwich bag with about 30 wheat pennies in the back of a closet that my dad use to use. Can anyone please tell me your thoughts or opinions. It was most likely put there when he bought the house in 1981 but could have been in his possession much longer. I took it to a shop and I was told that it is the same weight as a common Wheat penny, but he could not say for certain what it is or isn't. The plating is very hard and thick. you can see where someone had scratched it pretty deep, they probably wanted to see if it was just painted or maybe solder, but it's not. I was advised to have it checked by the owner of the shop at a later date.

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 Posted 08/12/2017  10:23 am  Show Profile   Check Fuzzy317's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The rim in the reverse image, almost looks like a dryer coin. and the coin looks like it was either painted or has environmental toning.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  10:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add refund to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was editing my post about the plating when you commented. I'm not sure why, but what really caught the attention of the guy who looked at it was how the edge of the plating is raised. you can see it by my thumbnail. Sorry, made a mistake, that's the edge of the wheat by my thumbnail. But you can still see it between the wheat stems.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  11:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RoyCoinBoy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would vote plated, then dryer coin-ed.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  11:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add refund to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Was it plated by the US mint? Can anyone suggest why they think it was or was not?
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 Posted 08/12/2017  11:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. Kinda looks like a former encased cent that was plated or painted. Face value only.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  12:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This coin was plated later. It was a normal copper cent, but when they plated it the reverse rim is showing the copper. Probably not a dryer cent, just scratched on the obverse plating. Looks like there may have been tape on the reverse rim and then it was removed. There was at least one example of a 1942 cent that was struck on steel to see of this could happen.

But if it were a steel planchet, no copper would be showing and the surface would not be shiny, but look like a normal steel cent. The weight would also be lighter if it was steel. (2.7 gram)

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Plated after the U.S. Mint PMD (Post Mint Damage). I also agree it's a dryer coin also.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  1:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It was plated after issue and possibly inserted into a bezel for some unknown reason, or even into one of the aluminum cases used for good luck.
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 Posted 08/12/2017  3:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add uruman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
,on these one I'll agree with john1, encased then plated
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I think I agree about being encased at one point. I'm still going to have someone else look at it just to get another opinion from someone who can view it with a loop. I will let you guys know what he thinks also. Thank you to all you guys for the welcome and the feedback.
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The plating is magnetic. What material do you think it is most likely to be?
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 Posted 08/13/2017  2:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Probably chrome. It is a three part process. Copper/nickel/steel.
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 Posted 08/14/2017  10:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure Coop but I think the experimental 1942 you showed is the double thick aluminum piece. The 42 steels didn't have reflective surfaces like that.
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 Posted 08/14/2017  11:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Plated and circulated, I've seen a number of these.
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 Posted 08/14/2017  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can't dismiss the possibility from my mind that this coin has been plated, then the plating on the rim has been carefully, but deliberately polished or buffed off.
A leather faced buffing wheel, that would be used for the final polishing of opals would be perfectly capable of doing tbis sort of job.
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