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Has Anyone Ever Seen A Steel 1949 Lincoln Penny?

 
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 Posted 05/24/2020  11:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add pennyforurthots to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
i cannot seem to find any other steel Lincoln besides the wartime versions. this is a San Frincisco mint version.
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 Posted 05/24/2020  11:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is it magnetic?
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 Posted 05/24/2020  11:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
looks copperis to me
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 Posted 05/25/2020  06:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@pfyt, first welcome to CCF. Second, yes please let us know if it is attracted to a magnet. It may have been plated after it left the mint.
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 Posted 05/25/2020  07:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Electro zinc plated in a high school lab experiment?
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 Posted 05/25/2020  09:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pennyforurthots to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone for the messages. It is indeed magnetic, I did the magnet test and it passed. If it was electro zinc plated would it still be magnetic? I don't think it was messed with because been In that case for 50 years, my grandmother just gave me my grandfathers old collection. Thanks again everyone
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 Posted 05/25/2020  09:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jim0815 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes steel plated copper coins are still fairly magnetic. I have a 1952 that is plated and it is magnetic as well.
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Zinc plating wouldn't be magnetic, but nickel plating can be.
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 Posted 05/25/2020  09:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pennyforurthots to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@jim0815 - thanks for the information. Why would anyone plate a penny with steel? Also, if it isn't plated, would this coin be rare? I am just doubtful that it is is plated because it has been in the protective case since around the time it was struck. Thanks
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Science class projects where students plated copper coins for grades. IF it were real it would be extremely valuable. But before you get your hopes up I would like to know what the weight of this cent is.
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 Posted 05/25/2020  11:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Why would it be steel. They are not using steel planchets at that time. Probably a plated coin. Take a 1943 steel cent and hold a magnet over it. Note how it jumps towards the magnet. Then see if this coin does the same thing. If not it is a plated coin. Just a Wheat cent. No collector value as the surface was altered.
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 Posted 05/25/2020  8:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It is indeed magnetic, I did the magnet test and it passed

How magnetic is it? Do you mean it will stick to a magnet? Will a magnet easily pick it up off the table even if drawn away quickly? Will the coin JUMP a half inch or more through the air to a strong magnet?

A nickel plating will let it stick to a magnet. Depending on the thickness of the plating it may be possible to easily pick it up off the table, but if you move the magnet quickly it will typically fall off. There is not enough metal in a nickel plating to make it JUMP across a 1/2 inch air gap to a magnet, but a 1943 steel cent will do that.

I also don't think you can plate something with steel. Iron maybe, but not steel. Steel is basically iron with carbon infused into it. You try using it for plating the iron goes but the carbon doesn't.
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 Posted 05/25/2020  8:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry - have you given us the actual weight? That's an important first step.
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 Posted 05/25/2020  9:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Plated, regardless how long it's been in a case. They don't make steel cents in 1949, period. Why? Look no further than high school science experiment. Pretty common I'm afraid. Value? About 3 cents, being a wheatie.

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