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1942 D Lincoln Penny Silver, Aluminum, Or ?

 
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 Posted 04/23/2019  11:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add windycitykid to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Purchased two half penny rolls from the 1950s off eBay several weeks ago. The coins were all dated prior to 1957 with several with dates ranging from 1919-1958. One of the coins immediately caught my attention because of its silver color. I've shown it to several 30+ year collectors who have never seen a Lincoln cent like this. Interested in your expert opinions. I'm preparing to send the coin off to PCGS this weekend and have it evaluated/graded.
In the picture below you'll see a 1944 Lincoln and also the 1942 D in question.

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 Posted 04/24/2019  04:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Littlelion77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Aww dude that's cool. 1942?!? Wow! I got this 1993 one . Donno what to make of it.



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 Posted 04/24/2019  04:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. Weight? Please let us know PCGS says.
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 Posted 04/24/2019  06:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not to rain on anyone's parade or tell you what it is or isn't off of a picture, just my experience. I stored new cents in mint tins about 20 years ago and they all discolored like this. They got lighter and took on either a silver appearance or a golden appearance depending on the tin it was in. I don't know if it's the container leaching a metal to the cent or what was in the container(the mints and a chemical) that did it but that's my experience and what I think is going on here. I call it Mint tin toning.

Could be an off metal coin though anything is possible.
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 Posted 04/24/2019  08:18 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could also be plated with another metal. It was a common high school science experiment back in the day to plate copper cents. Nickel, mercury, tin, silver to name just a few.
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 Posted 04/24/2019  08:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm guessing plated. Until you've fact-checked the other possibilities, spending money to send it to PCGS seems premature.



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 Posted 04/24/2019  09:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Start with the basics ; is it attracted to a magnet ? Lightly or heavily attracted ? Weight ?
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 Posted 04/24/2019  10:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pocketchange2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
should be very basic evaluation.

cu: 3.1 grams
alum: 0.96 grams
silver: 3.6 grams
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 Posted 04/24/2019  11:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Try checking it with a magnet. I do not think it's silver or Tin or anything else. I too think if anything, plated. Sending to PCGS would be costly and more than likely a waste of money.
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 Posted 04/24/2019  11:31 am  Show Profile   Check Errers and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To CCF! Probably just a plated coin most likely. Don't send it to a TPG, as it would be a huge waste of time and money. It would cost more to get it graded, than what the coin is actually worth.
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 Posted 04/24/2019  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Better pictures would help. Take pictures of the coin by itself....and cropped. The reverse doesn't appear to be plated, looks to just be toning or been subjected to heat. Zinc has a lower melting point than copper and tends to the surface when heated. Take a torch and heat one, it will turn silver.
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 Posted 04/28/2019  5:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add windycitykid to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply




As you can see by the pics, I weighed the 1944 Copper Penny and 1942D Penny in question. The Silver looking penny weighed 3.17g, which is 0.07g more than the Copper Penny.

I also checked the Silver looking penny 1942D with a strong magnet and it was unaffected.
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 Posted 04/28/2019  5:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty much confirms plating.
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 Posted 04/28/2019  5:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add windycitykid to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for all the expert opinions. Since the weight is close to a Copper penny, I won't submit to PCGS.
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 Posted 04/28/2019  6:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good decision.
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