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1974 Lincoln Penny, Looks Light Grey Or Something, Any Help Please

 
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 Posted 03/24/2020  8:03 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add joshmckee81 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hello I noticed this 1974 Lincoln penny, sticking oyt from a coin roll and was wondering how this coin seems to be greyish in color, I added a couple pictures next too other coins as I feel the picture doesn't show the lightness of the color, any help would be appreciated




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03/24/2020 8:19 pm
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 Posted 03/24/2020  8:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Seems to have been exposed to some unknown environmental condition, which has etched the surface. No added value.



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I agree it looks like surface discoloration. Can you please post the weight of this cent? Thx.
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Under weight? If so it may have had an acid bath.

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Looks as if it has spent some time buried in acidic soil, perhaps?
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A 1974 1C should weigh 3.11 grams of 95% copper 5% zinc alloy. A must device for any collector is a gram scale that measures to the hundredths of a gram. You can find them on Amazon for less than $10. Everyone would love to find a 1974 1C that was minted from aluminum. It would weigh less than a gram (.93) You would be able to tell that when you pick it up. You can make your own scale with a popsicle stick for free. Putting another coin dated earlier than 1982 on one end of the stick (balanced in the middle) and your suspect coin on the other end. It should balance if both coins are pre-1982. Oxidation effects coins in many ways. Good luck collecting and always remember to turn your coin over.
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A 1974 1C minted in Philadelphia should weigh 3.11 grams. The coins of that year were minted from an alloy of 95% copper and 5% zinc. Everyone would love to find a 1974 1C that had been minted from aluminum. You would immediately be able to tell the difference by the weight. The aluminum coin would weigh less than a gram. A must device for any collector is a gram scale which gives the weight to the hundredths of a gram ( 0.00) Fortunately you can order one from Amazon for less than $10 The one I have used (AWS-100) cost $9 including shipping. Or in a pinch, you can make your own with a popsicle stick. Taking a coin from pre-1982 and your 1974 1C attempt to balance it by putting a coin on each end. Weight really matters when you are searching for an error coin. So eat the popsicle as you order your gram scale. Happy hunting.
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 Posted 03/25/2020  10:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps briefly exposed to an acidic environment early in its life, then received light circulation thereafter. I've come across many similar-looking cents over the years.
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