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1943 S Lincoln Cent. Reprocessed/Replated, Or Legit? How Can You Tell?

 
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 Posted 01/12/2020  06:47 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi! So found this 1943S steel Lincoln cent.pictures attached. Is it original or reprocessed and how can I be sure? Thanks for your opinions! This is the one area of cents I've never been even close to figuring out..





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 Posted 01/12/2020  07:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's been reprocessed. All you have to do is look at the edge. It should show steel between the the zinc cladding.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  08:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agreed. Also way too shiny. Use the search box for tons of info.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  08:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One of the most commonly plated coins on Earth. I've found some plated with Chrome, Tin, Zinc, Copper. So far none with Gold plating.
One thing for sure is the original ones do not shine like that. Zinc is rather dull.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  08:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
on all counts .
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 Posted 01/12/2020  09:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A 1943 cent with original surfaces will have surfaces with a matte finish.
There are no proof 1943 cents so one with shiny surfaces has been reprocessed.
That also means no proof-like nor cameo varieties,
Describe it as if there were no picture.
Picture it as if there were no description.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  09:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Petespockets55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for including the edge of the coin.

This one wouldn't need the image to confirm it's replated but it's always a good practice when asking about these steelies.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Once you've seen a genuine uncirculated '43 cent, you'll never confuse the two.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  12:22 pm  Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Uncirculated vs. Reprocessed

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All the way to Baltimore and running out of time" - Tom Waits 'Clap Hands'

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 Posted 01/12/2020  12:37 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice image Yokozuna. Very informative.
Check out my counterstamped Lincoln Cent collection:
http://goccf.com/t/303507
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 Posted 01/12/2020  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info everyone!I struggle with it because I usually either find them like this or they are corroded.

It's a good hole filler for me though.
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 Posted 01/12/2020  5:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MrPink2018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
that's an image worthy of saving, thanks for posting that, Yokozuna.

the uncirculated cent is a flatter, colder gray while the reprocessed cent is a much shinier, slightly warmer gray.
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 Posted 01/13/2020  03:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You have been given good advice here. The whole secret is in the colour. Bright, very shiny that looks as if the coin has just been spray painted with silver paint, that's how plating appears. Coop's photo above is spot on.

And/or, you can always ask us here if in doubt!
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