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Strange Non-Steel 1943 Cent And Another Strange 1945 One Cent Coin

 
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 Posted 10/18/2020  03:00 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add alexgains to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi guys, first I wanted to thank for helping identify counterfeited mule coin last week, it was disappointing but I learned my lesson, again thank you!

I have another 2 one cent coins that randomly came in the past, a non-steel 1943 D cent and strange 1945 D cent, can you please take a look and let me know what you think about these, I would really appreciate it.


1943 coin is 2.70grams/0.095oz, unfortunately I have only 2 close ups of reverse with many scratches, I missed some files when saving, I might be able to get more close ups tomorrow if needed:









1945 coin is 3.16grams/0.112oz seems very strange, these are the best images from the same miniscope:









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 Posted 10/18/2020  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First is thin copper plating over zinc coated steel.
Second is thick copper plating over a standard brass cent.

Both probably done in a high school lab experiment.
Both worth keeping to educate yourself for identifying further similar coins.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  09:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most likely right.



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 Posted 10/18/2020  09:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jim0815 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Does the 1943 stick to a magnet? The 2.70 suggests it is plated steel.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  10:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chase007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with the 43 being plated, but the 45 seems to be a dryer coin to me.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  4:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add alexgains to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1943 doesn't stick to the magnet, to verify I have a 1943 steel which did stick to a magnet, I don't know if it changes anything, isn't the weight too low for steel coin?
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 Posted 10/18/2020  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe 2.7g is the correct weight for a steel cent. The plating may negate the magnetic effect.
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 Posted 10/18/2020  8:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Please please please ONE coin per thread. It really helps us to address your questions/concerns individually. Thanks.

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 Posted 10/18/2020  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like the 43 has the tell-tale Chinese counterfeit die chip.
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