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 Posted 01/11/2019  09:08 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add tuni88 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In 1982, about 16.7 billion pennies were minted. About how many (or what portion) were mostly copper?
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There are actually 7 1982 varieties. Here they are 1982-P large zinc. 1982-P large copper, 1982-P small zinc, 1982-P small copper, 1982-D large zinc, 1982-D large copper and a 1982-D small zinc. copper cents may be the new silver coins, people will hoard them and sell them based on their value of copper and actually melting them down.

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as far as I know, the Mint has never released the mintage breakdown for the 1982 types of cents, other than reporting the total number of one cent coins minted at each mint.

Philadelphia (no mint mark) - 10,712,525,000

Denver (D) - 6,012,979,368

There are seven types of 1982 cents. Three types are made of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc and include the small date and large date coins made in Philadelphia (no mint mark) and the cents made in Denver (D).

The other four types were made of 99.2% zinc and .8% copper and include the large and small date cents minted in Philadelphia (no mint mark) and the large and small date cents minted in Denver

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Thank you. Is it fair to say then that the answer to my original question is 'unknown'? Or has anyone surmised to hazard a guess of the proportion of 1982 cents that are 95% copper?
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Is it fair to say then that the answer to my original question is 'unknown'?


It is.

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 Posted 01/11/2019  3:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pocketchange2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you have studied the mathematical methods of statistical analysis, and you analyzed a slightly skewed sampling of 1500 coins/cents collected at random over a period of 30 years, you may be highly satisfied that you end up with a result of 60% +/- 5% of 1982 cents produced were copper.

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I'm more than -95% confident you are correct!
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 Posted 01/12/2019  2:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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60% +/- 5% of 1982 cents produced were copper.


I agree with that. The small date copper is one of the hardest to find though. I think the mint just sort of tested the small date dies on copper before producing the small date zincs.
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 Posted 01/12/2019  3:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TreeMonkey to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can only offer anecdotal evidence based on personal observation. I batch weigh 1982 Lincolns (tad OCD you might say) and have concluded that at least 75% are copper.

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 Posted 01/12/2019  3:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jeffbuckes to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting question. I never thought about this before...

I'm surprised that the US mint has never released its figures sorted by metal content. They must have a record?!

FWIW: I hate "zincolns" - give me copper or give me death.
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