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 Posted 11/23/2020  12:49 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jmurduca to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi , I'm new to all of this, I found a really red penny and was wondering if it has any kind of value besides its face value. Tia.
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 Posted 11/23/2020  02:04 am  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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It's worth 2c, so best to keep it as an interesting item than anything of value
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 Posted 11/23/2020  08:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Kind of beat up to be worth much.
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 Posted 11/23/2020  08:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm afraid the one cent coin shown is not correctly described as "red." It is a "brown" cent and appears to be in rough shape. No real collecting value.

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 Posted 11/23/2020  08:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Environmental damage gives copper that very dark red colour-really a thin coating that does not come off.
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 Posted 11/23/2020  08:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, the "redness" you see is just due to environmental damage.



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 Posted 11/23/2020  10:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Your post was moved to the appropriate forum for the proper attention.
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 Posted 11/25/2020  5:28 pm  Show Profile   Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Disagree with others, the red is toning and not damage. I've seen many cents toned this color.
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 Posted 11/25/2020  7:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I also have a "red penny" or "red cent" which appears similar to the one above.


United States Cent 1934-D

It has been painted red at one time.

I had heard a long time ago that travelling circuses and carnivals would paint pennies red and put them into circulation as a form of advertising.

Has anyone else seen this story?

I would be curious to see the obverse (heads) side of the original poster's cent.


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 Posted 11/29/2020  1:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Erscolo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I look for red on a cent, this is what it means to me. The one you have simply shows the wear accumulated over 84 years, which is interesting in its' own right.

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 Posted 11/30/2020  09:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, that's red!
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 Posted 12/01/2020  2:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have wrote up on this in the past, and not really feeling it today to do it again so extensively with all the sciency stuff. but here goes the abridged version.

There's a few different copper oxides red, black, and blue/green (like on the statue of liberty).

This is red copper oxide, also known as Copper(I) Oxide. the formula is Cu2O
easiest and fastest way to reproduce it would be to let it sit in a fountain for a good while that is heavily oxygenated, and chlorinated.
it could also be created by plating copper with silver, then exposing some of the copper and leaving it in high humidity, the galvanic corrosion will cause "red plague" to the copper and create Cu#8322;O out of the copper. the copper becomes an anode and is sacrificed.

same kind of reason zincolns break down so quickly if the copper plating is penetrated, some moisture or dampness, and the zinc sacrifices in a galvanic corroding process and zinc oxide is formed which is white.

I have no idea about this red penny and circuses thing, but my guess is it's a urban myth. I don't know why painting one red would indicate to anyone the circus is in town, I think there must have been better ways to advertise after printing presses were invented,,,, or handwriting.
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