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Found A Silver 1963 Penny?

 
 
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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:11 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CoinsInVT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I picked this up at a coin shop today as part of a 5 for $1 deal along with a couple US wheat cents that I needed. Not really sure what I'm looking at here. Probably nothing exciting but maybe a planchet error? Thanks for your help!


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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Smallcentguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My gut feel would say it's plated. It is on a full size planchet so it is not struck on a 10 cent planchet. The surfaces look a little odd.

I am sure the moderator, who is an expert and has access to lab equipment, would be happy to do XRF analysis to figure it out.

A quick check would be to weigh it. A normal cent of this date is 3.2g. If it was say 3.2 to 3.4g, plating seems likely.

You could also test it with a magnet. If copper plated, it should be non-magnetic unless the plating was highly magnetic.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsInVT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for your reply. I don't have access to a scale, but hitting it with what is basically a strong refrigerator magnet doesn't show any magnetism.

Who knows. Maybe somebody was bored and got out the can of spray paint.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Chances are pretty good that it has been plated.
Not uncommon as they were plated for jewelry
or sometimes done as lab experiments at school.
I'm sure if it was anything else you wouldn't have
found it in 5 for dollar bin at a coin shop
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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add robmck1967 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that it looks plated. take it to your local post office and ask nicely and they will weigh it for you. if it's plated, you could also scratch the rim to see if there is any copper showing. the fields don't look quite right especially around the queen's face where it is quite pebbled so you aren't taking a huge risk by scratching the rim to check for copper.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsInVT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, sounds like plated is the safe bet. Still an interesting find for me. First one I've come across.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  5:57 pm  Show Profile   Check Jadey's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Jadey to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Apparently they used to plate coins with mercury as a school experiment.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  6:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree most likely plated. We did a lot of weird things to cents back then for no reason I can recall.



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 Posted 03/13/2019  6:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsInVT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yikes. Sounds like a good coin to keep in the two by two.

Thanks everybody for their help. I really appreciate the engagement. Very welcoming community.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  6:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add john100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your easiest way to tell if it's struck on a dime is the weight, I think a dime in that era weighs like 2.3 grams, lf it's penny weight you have a plated penny, there are penny on dimes in this year and welcome !
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 Posted 03/13/2019  7:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@coinsinvt, I have nothing to add to answer your question, but I did want to mention one small thing. From looking at your pics, I see that you have stapled shut your 2x2s (or perhaps this is how it came when you bought it). Either way, I strongly recommend that you flatten the staples. Otherwise, depending on how you store them, the staples could rub up against an adjacent coin and scratch it.
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 Posted 03/13/2019  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsInVT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great tip. Thanks!
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 Posted 03/13/2019  9:32 pm  Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Full collar, full strike.... most likely a plated coin.
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