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Rare 1943 Lincoln Cent Made Of Tin And Other Metals

 
 
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 Posted 06/26/2019  4:47 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Numismatic News - M. Houston, an unsuspecting collector, found a Lincoln cent on the ground as a child. He retained this cent in his collection for 50 years or more. He recalls what struck him about the coin was it was silvery-grey in color. This was different from any other Lincoln cent he had seen.

Many years later, as an adult, he read an article about the copper alloy 1943 cents which encouraged collectors to try attracting their 1943 cents to a magnet. All of his did, except one.

He decided to call the American Numismatic Association, and historian, Sam Gelberd. After describing what he found, Gelberd suggested that he check to see if the coin was stamped on a foreign planchet minted at the US mint. Gelberg sent him a list from the Liberty Coin Service.

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Never heard that story before!
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New to me too.
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 Posted 06/27/2019  11:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If I remember correctly the tin/antimony composition IS listed as one of the experimental alloys tested for the 1943 cents and is listed in Roger Burdettes book on the experimental one and five cent pieces of WWII. (Can't check for sure, I lent my copy to a fellow coin club member a couple weeks ago.)
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I'm a bit confused with the story.
Why would he be Struck at finding a 1943 Lincoln one cent coin that was Silver Gray in color. They all were ? Even if it were the first one he saw, after he saw several he would realize the one he saved was NOT unusual ?

Now if he said the coin was NOT Silvery Gray in color I would understand.

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Interesting. NGC must have dismissed it as a regular steel cent at first, without bothering to test the composition -- I would think that the submitter would have informed them that he suspected it was not steel, likely by it not being strongly attracted to a magnet. XRF tests are pretty definitive, so there is no doubt in my mind that NGC didn't perform that test the first time around.
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 Posted 06/27/2019  5:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add llewellin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If I were to fake a coin I would use a similar alloy, tin-antimony is so easy and fun to cast.
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