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1916 And 1919 Large Cent, Made Of Nickel?

 
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 Posted 11/29/2020  11:29 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add philoponus6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found these two large cents in a large lot of coins. They are non-magnetic, and I really have no idea what they are made of, but they have the appearance of nickel. The 1919 is filed down on the edge, so this finish is not just superficial. Any clues?


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 Posted 11/29/2020  11:35 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
nickel is silver in appearance,

those are just everyday bronze, Alloy: 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc
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 Posted 11/29/2020  11:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DBM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sure looks like normal bronze in those pics.
Nickel will stick to a magnet.
"Dipping" is not considered cleaning...
-from PCGS website
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 Posted 11/29/2020  11:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add philoponus6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I will try to get a better picture tomorrow. They are definitely not bronze.
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They look like they've been plated.
Do you have a weight?
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The 1916 weighs 5.4 grams and the 1919 weights 5.2 grams.
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 Posted 11/30/2020  12:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add philoponus6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 1919 weighs less because the edge is filed down.
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 Posted 11/30/2020  02:23 am  Show Profile   Check norantyki's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add norantyki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They are chromium plated cents - you often encounter them in junk lots. They had a variety of uses such as key chains, encased pennies, etc.
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 Posted 11/30/2020  08:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely bronze (normal) and either plated or dipped in some chemical to change the surface.
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to the CCF!
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I'll go with the chromium plate explanation, since this is apparently common. Thanks!
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