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 Posted 04/14/2019  09:34 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Worrybouturself to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found this penny this morning... I had learned that 1943 copper pennies are rare because they minted stainless steel pennies in order to save copper for war efforts, but this is clearly a 1942 penny that is a silver colored metal. It looks like it has some copper at the edges and a little on Lincoln's face. But why would anyone stainless steel coat this penny or if it's mostly SS, why would someone copperplate it? Magnets do stick to it. It also doesn't have a mint mark... can anyone tell me what's going on here?



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 Posted 04/14/2019  09:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. No mint mark means it was minted in Philadelphia. 1943 cents were minted with zinc plated steel cores,not stainless steel.
Your coin looks to be plated,probably with nickel. What does your coin weigh?
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 Posted 04/14/2019  09:51 am  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As far as I know, there are no known 1942 steel cents made by the mint.
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 Posted 04/14/2019  09:55 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like John1 mentioned I'm pretty sure what you have there is a nickel plated cent. Nickel is slightly magnetic.
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 Posted 04/14/2019  10:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Worrybouturself to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure on it's weight. And the only scale I have is a food scale. I don't know how precise it needs to be. Why would someone go through the trouble of nickel plating a 1942 penny? That's curious. And how do they do this and maintain the look of the penny?
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 Posted 04/14/2019  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nickel plating coins of any year is quite common.
There are probably dozens of posts on here of people asking the same question.
Sometimes it was done as a school experiment and other times it was plated
to make it into some form of jewelry.
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 Posted 04/14/2019  11:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A copper cent should weigh 3.1 grams +/- .13 grams.
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 Posted 04/14/2019  11:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@wbu, first welcome to CCF. Second, I agree that your cent has been plated after it left the mint. It can be such a thin surface coating that the details are generally preserved well. As far as your question:


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 Posted 04/14/2019  6:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
On the OPs coin, you can see the plating wearing off the obverse and reverse. Copper is showing. Post strike altered.




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To CCF! I agree with everyone that it's been plated.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
1988 P LMC RDV-006, 1998 P LMC Wide AM, and 2000 P LMC Wide AM. http://goccf.com/t/327834 http://goccf.com/t/294303 http://goccf.com/t/312900
1973 D Lincoln Memorial cent With Recurring Die Subsidence Error Information. http://goccf.com/t/304624
Machine Doubling tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
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