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1982 D Mint Lincoln Cent Small Date

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 Posted 01/23/2020  03:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Because they are common 1982-D LARGE date cents. Weight (therefore composition) is only part of the equation.

This might be confusing, but there are EIGHT different 1982 cents. Four of them are ZINC (82-P Large date, 82-D Large date, 82-P Small date & 82-D Small date), and four of them are COPPER (82-P Large date, 82-D Large date, 82-P Small date & 82-D Small date). Seven of these are fairly common, it's only the 82-D Copper that is the super rare coin.

I used the "P" above to denote the Philadelphia mint, but we all know in 1982 the Philly mintmark is not used.

I hope me listing all 8 varieties helps! It does get confusing!
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 Posted 01/23/2020  08:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CherryPicker1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All the other varieties of the cent that aren't 1982 D small date are common in both copper and zinc, as they were purposefully struck in those alloys. But the 1982 D small cent wasn't supposed to be struck in copper, and there are very few examples, so that's why it's rare/ valuable.
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 Posted 01/23/2020  1:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
2.5 cents are zinc cents.
3.11 cents are copper cents

Note there is no small date copper cent from Denver?
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