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Do I Really Have A 1983 Copper Lincoln Penny?

 
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 Posted 05/14/2019  4:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The best test is the sound test. I never was a fan of the drop method, but try a "heads or tails" flip - copper rings, zinc goes "dink". Your fingernails are too soft to damage the coin more than circulation already has - just don't drop and lose it!
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 Posted 05/14/2019  4:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/14/2019  6:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is my attempt at cropping:





Some aspects of this cent just don't look right - the crease at 12-2 on obverse for example. Are these coins available from Chinese providers?

I hope that it IS the real deal. Keep us up to date on what you find out.

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 Posted 05/14/2019  6:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice job, Bump.
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 Posted 05/14/2019  6:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1993Z to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
that rim but for the OP I really want this to be a real one.
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 Posted 05/14/2019  6:39 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It has zinc rot at 1 on the obverse field. Plus it looks like one of the earliest zinc strikes
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 Posted 05/14/2019  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add machine20 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
flick it and see if it has that nice copper ring
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 Posted 05/14/2019  7:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kopper Ken to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is that zinc rot or just dirt?...send it in...but re-weigh again...it's a big difference between a zincoln and a copper. Good luck.

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 Posted 05/14/2019  11:10 pm  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I didn't say it before, but to me, it does have more the appearance of a copper-plated zinc cent than a 95% copper cent.

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 Posted 05/15/2019  12:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree on the simple ring test. If it rings like copper then you can work through the counterfeit possibilities.
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 Posted 05/15/2019  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hunter2618 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Its counterfeit...wish I could of been a lucky one.
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 Posted 05/15/2019  12:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TheJman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
looks like it also has an obverse rim cud?


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 Posted 05/15/2019  12:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
hunter2618,
What do you mean by counterfeit?
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 Posted 05/15/2019  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hunter2618 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just my way of saying something isn't real...sorry should of worded it differently...I'm recently new at all of this.
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 Posted 05/15/2019  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Why do you say it's counterfeit? What convinced you that it is?
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