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1997 Bronze Penny No Scale Or Popsickle Stick

 
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 Posted 02/18/2020  11:25 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Errorunknown to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Anyone hear of a 1997 Bronze penny or should I weight : ) for a scale ?
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 Posted 02/19/2020  04:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You would really have to weigh it, but I am sure I can see plating bubbles which indicate a regular plated zinc cent.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  05:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a normal copper plated cent. Copper 3.1 grams +/- .13 copper plated 2.5 grams +/- .13
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 Posted 02/19/2020  06:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Colour is NOT a reliable guide to composition. Copper, plated or not, can tone to any colour of the rainbow.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  07:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not exactly in the transitional period ! No scale ? Use ice-cream stick or wood tongue depressor .


Home made penny scale like the seasaws on a playground:

Take a popsicle stick or something like that, and break or cut about a half inch length of a round pencil, and get the glue ready.

get a pre-82 penny placed on one end and position the pencil under the popsicle stick where the balance just tips, then glue it. A zinc penny will not tip, a copper will.


To add to this already explaine best and cheapest method. Try to use a standard six sided pencil. It wil stay steady while you glue the Popsicle or Ice Creame stick to it. Balance the stick on the pencil, glue in place, wait for it to dry of course. Sticks work best if all popsicles and/or Ice Creame is eaten first. Note you now have a balance beam scale and as noted free. You can test two ways. If you place a pre 82 cent on one side, any lighter 82 plated cent will not make the stick move. If you place a post 82 cent on one end, any Copper 82 cent will make the stick drop on the end it is placed. Note that if you glue a post 82 cent to one end, the glue itself will add weight to that end unless you use a very small amount of glue.
And remember, when finished you can still use your scale to weigh other things or just throw in the garbage
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 Posted 02/20/2020  09:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Stand on your house scale and weigh yourself with out the cent. Then get back on the same scale with that cent. Then subtract weight one from weight two.
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 Posted 02/20/2020  2:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Stand on your house scale and weigh yourself with out the cent. Then get back on the same scale with that cent. Then subtract weight one from weight two.


Thanks for the laugh, Carl!
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 Posted 02/21/2020  12:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Errorunknown to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice to find people who are so friendly and make me smile.
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 Posted 02/22/2020  8:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Errorunknown to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Do any zinc Penny's weigh 3 grams ? The scales I bought say 3 g and I weighed some zinc ones the scale says 2 g . I weighed more copper ones it says 3 g . What would be a good coin scale to tell me the fractions ?
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 Posted 02/23/2020  05:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A good scale weights down to 0.001grams. One that goes to 0.01 is ok.
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 Posted 02/24/2020  08:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds like you have a scale that rounds to whole grams. A zinc cent is supposed to weigh 2.5 grams. If it is SLIGHTLY less the scale will round it to 2 grams. If it is SLIGHTLY more the scale will round it to 3 grams A copper cent is supposed to weigh 3.11 grams. If they weigh anywhere close to that (2.6 to 3.4) the scale is going to round it to 3 grams. Clearly a scale that rounds to whole grams in nowhere near sensitive enough. A scale that weighs to two decimal places is good enough for most things and can be had for $10 to $15.
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 Posted 02/26/2020  12:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Errorunknown to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you :)
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