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1891 Indian Head Penny Query

 
 
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 Posted 04/15/2018  7:06 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ant888 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all,

I have an 1891 Indian Head penny, and am wondering why it is not the common copper color, but instead is grey?

Did they make steel Indian Head pennies?

Thanks for everyone's help in advance.
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 Posted 04/15/2018  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 04/15/2018  7:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add silversurfer9679 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1891 Indian cent.

Designer: James B. Longacre
Weight: 4.67 grams
Composition: .880 copper, .120 nickel
Diameter: 19 mm
Plain edge, no mint mark and struck at the Philadelphia Mint
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 Posted 04/15/2018  7:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Your coin may have been plated or changed color from environmental factors.

If you can, weigh it and post a photo. We'll be able to tell you more.
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 Posted 04/15/2018  7:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ant888, first welcome to CCF. Second, yes pics would be very helpful as there are several ways that copper coins can be treated to change their color. As far as I know, it is impossible for this coin to have been minted in steel, but you could always check that quickly with a magnet.
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 Posted 04/15/2018  8:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pics will solve the problem!



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 Posted 04/15/2018  9:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ant888 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I will definitely supply some detailed photos tomorrow.
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Looking forward to the pics.

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 Posted 04/17/2018  3:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pictures won't tell us much of anything other than the fact that the color is not normal, which you have already told us. Most likely the coin is either been harshly cleaned in some way or has been plated. Better information would be to give us the weight of the coin to see if it matches the mint specifications. And specifications that Silver surfer gave you earlier are wrong. Those specifications are for the 1859 to 1864 Indian Head cents.
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Yes indeed the specs I posted earlier were wrong, please accept my apologies. Still would like to see a photo.
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 Posted 04/17/2018  10:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Could be almost anything. However, there is no known history of a Silver one, Steel one or anything that would make it look like Steel. Maybe if your lucky someone plated it with Silver.
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