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Is This 1943 Cent Re-Plated Or Unaltered?

 
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 Posted 04/02/2020  12:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My dad's collection has a few of these very shiny steel cents in it that I assumed were mint state when he gave me the collection as a kid, but, as I've gotten more into coins in the past year or so, I've gotten more suspicious of them. Thought I'd start with the least suspicious, to my eye, since if this one is plated, the rest 100% have to be as well.


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 Posted 04/02/2020  12:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Doesn't look reprocessed to me.
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 Posted 04/02/2020  12:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check the edge.
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 Posted 04/02/2020  12:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Bobby! To go from the least suspicious to the most suspicious, what do you think of this one? I'm very skeptical of the shininess on the scratches.


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 Posted 04/02/2020  12:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What should I be looking for on the edge, John?
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 Posted 04/02/2020  1:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The roughness of the surfaces makes me think the old zinc was removed with an acid etch and then replated.

On the edge, if it hasn't been replated you should be able to see the different layers of metal, zinc/steel/zinc, if it has been replated it will be all one color. The blanks for the steel cents were planched for steel strip that had already been zinc plated so the punching exposed the steel on the edges (and smeared the zinc layer from one side partially over the edge. So one lyer of the zinc should be visible, the other layer might not be.)
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 Posted 04/02/2020  1:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Conder! They are indeed re-plated. Disappointed, but not surprised. Glad to finally know for sure.
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 Posted 04/02/2020  2:00 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good info Conder. I didn't know that nugget. Thank you.
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 Posted 04/02/2020  2:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, thanks for that indeed.
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Conder101 got it
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