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 Posted 12/02/2019  3:01 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add moment911 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello All,

My sister has this silver colored penny that she purchased off of eBay some years ago, but it looks like a regular penny that has been tampered with to me. Thought I'd come to the experts for feedback. Any given will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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 Posted 12/02/2019  3:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is damaged. It was plated and it still has a piece of metal surrounding it. Most likely part of a piece of jewelry.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  3:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@moment, looks like this coin is in a bezel (around the edge), but also has been plated. Is the coin mildly attracted to a magnet?
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 Posted 12/02/2019  3:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Of course it could be made of Platinum or Silver or Uranium by a counterfeiter that didn't know it was supposed to be Copper.
Oooooooooor just a Tinned or Zinc plated coin.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  5:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Odds are, I'd guess, that your 1956-D Lincoln was plated and used as a jewelry item. While there's some evidence to suggest this possibility, I personally don't see any conclusive evidence, so far, that such is the case.

Here are pics of a silver 1956 Lincoln Cent that I own. These DO exist. It obviously experienced a fair degree of circulation. It was struck on a dime planchet, and the weight evidenced that. Sadly, a previous owner(s) scratched the obverse surface; likely, to see if it was plated.




There are a few simple steps you can take with this piece. Silver isn't magnetic, and the magnet test will not rule out that possibility. Gauge the weight and compare it to that of a copper Wheat cent. Gently file or scrape the coin's edge to see if plating is evident.

Recently, I took two tokens to a major show. I knew that an attending dealer had one of the new "ray guns" that breaks down a coin's metal content into percentage points! Both of my pieces, a Civil War and a Conder token, proved to have high silver content. The silver content of my aforementioned 1956 cent was long ago determined by a specific gravity test.

Beyond the initial actions that our OP can take, my ultimate suggestion is to see if there's a local jeweler or coin/bullion dealer who possesses one of those expensive guns (I was told they presently cost about $17,000).
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 Posted 12/02/2019  5:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moment911 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi all,

We initially thought it may have been struck on a dime planchet, but ruled it out when examining photos of other pennies struck on dime planchet. We also thought it might be steel so we tried the magnet test, but there's no attraction. Thanks much for all of your input.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  6:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There remains the strong possibility that they could be electroplated, in a high school lab type of experiment.
This coin was scratched before it was plated.

Even the official ancient Roman mints occasionally made silver washed 'silver' denarii with poorer, cheap metal cores, that had serrated edges before they were given a thin silver wash.

Easy enough to do.
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We also thought it might be steel so we tried the magnet test, but there's no attraction.


Ok yes good to know. The reason why I asked you to check with a magnet is that nickel plating will have that effect on non-ferrous coins.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
99.9999999% chance it is plated. Keep it as a conversation piece.

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 Posted 12/03/2019  01:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moment911 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent feedback- thanks everyone!
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Your coin was uncased in a bezel. It was a form of cheap jewelry for kids. Some were plated a silver color & some a gold color. I guess it depended on how well you did at the county fair in those days. Look on the reverse at the bottom of your coin and you can see were the eyelet was that a chain would have gone through. It has since broken off.
Here's one I found metal detecting a few years ago at an old school yard

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99.9999999% chance it is plated. Keep it as a conversation piece.


I expect that those who once looked at the silver 1956 cent felt likewise. That's why it was scratched!

Why doesn't our OP do an edge scraping on the 1956-D and settle the matter?
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Exo, was yours verified by a TPG?
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@merclover ... No. It tested silver and matched the weight of a dime. It clearly passed the scratch test, too. I bought it, housed in a custom-made Capital holder, which to me looks more impressive than a slab. I should add that a TPG gave me a verbal opinion on it, prior to my purchase. All factors considered, I saw no reason to certify it.

Once again, I ask: Why doesn't our OP do an edge scraping on the 1956-D and settle the matter?
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 Posted 12/04/2019  03:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it was my coin, I'd want to verify it my a third party in case I ever wanted to sell it. Generally, I am not in favour of slabs, but in the case of a special error coin where a verified opinion could solidify a value, I'd certainly do it. Just MY opinion.
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