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 Posted 12/06/2019  9:22 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Wilsonan2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Got theses in a book my grandpa picked up.

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 Posted 12/06/2019  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrisof4 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! I like the steel cents a lot! They tell a real story about the situation in America at that time. My dad was born in 1943 and I bought him a full set of the 1943's for his birthday one year. It only cost me a few bucks, but it is one of his favorite items and he displays it in his office.
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 Posted 12/06/2019  10:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hate to say it, but I think these are reprocessed.



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 Posted 12/06/2019  10:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With a finish that shiny they are almost certainly reprocessed.
Describe it as if there were no picture.
Picture it as if there were no description.
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 Posted 12/06/2019  10:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your cost (a few bucks) pretty much says it all.
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 Posted 12/06/2019  10:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wilsonan2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well damn, I didnt even know "reprocessing" was a thing. I just starting collecting about a year ago and have focused mostly on quarters and Morgan dollars. But I Just did some research on it though and you're correct.

Heres some more pictures. Knowing about it now makes it painfully obvious. The rest of the book looks fine though and he only paid $6 for the whole thing. I have more steel ones I'll have to switch them out with.




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 Posted 12/06/2019  10:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wilsonan2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks though guys! I learn something new on here everyday. Now I'll know what to look out for if I purchase or find them in the future!
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 Posted 12/07/2019  01:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reprocessing steel cents became a very popular thing in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

I remember seeing advertisements (and trade offers) in Coin World where collectors could send in rusty steel cents and receive back shiny reprocessed cents that looked brand new. The cost was usually part of what you sent in.... something like for every roll sent in the reprocessor would keep 20% as his fee for reprocessing the coins.

It obviously worked cause those ads ran for years.
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 Posted 12/07/2019  05:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nickel plating over the zinc coating would help keep them looking white over the decades,
even if the 'white' color seems to be a little 'off'.
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 Posted 01/02/2020  6:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Over the years of acquiring many, many Whitman cent folders, I've found more than a few 'processed' steel cents.
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 Posted 01/03/2020  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is amazing how many have been plated with Copper, Chrome, Tin, Nickel, etc. Only surprised not plated with Gold.
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