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Discolored 1980 Lincoln Memorial Cents

 
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 Posted 10/04/2019  10:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add 1845large to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this in pocket change several months ago. A friend told me it was worthless, wondering if you could tell me different.


Thanks for looking, eh?
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 Posted 10/05/2019  01:57 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your friend was almost right; they're both worth one cent. The primary difference is that the 1980-D is 95% copper and the 1998-D is copper-plated zinc. Even the "copper" cents can vary widely in color, but add the plated coins in and you get an entire spectrum.

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 Posted 10/05/2019  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That says it well.



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 Posted 10/05/2019  11:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 1980 looks in better shape than the other one.
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Nice responses! Thanks guys, love the humor. :)
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 Posted 10/05/2019  5:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1. As mentioned above, the 1980 cent is solid bronze, and the 1998 is copper plated zinc. SO they started out different colors

2. The 1980 has had nearly twice the time to tarnish as the 1998 (I don't think anyone else mentioned this).


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 Posted 10/06/2019  03:22 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The 1980 has had nearly twice the time to tarnish as the 1998 (I don't think anyone else mentioned this).


This isn't quite a scientific statement, but silver-plated objects tarnish faster and differently than 90% silver. Likewise, it stands to reason that 95% copper will tone/tarnish differently than a copper-plated cent.
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 Posted 10/11/2019  8:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1845large to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone. I think I will keep it in my measly, yet growing collection, just because...
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