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2008 Cent No Copper Coating Or Just PMD

 
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 Posted 01/13/2021  2:48 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add csands1183 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found this today. Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts. Pretty rough shape. Looking at the cent I cant see any copper even under a 10X lens. I am a rookie to all this but wanted to know if I am seeing this right. Do you think someone chemically removed it?

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 Posted 01/13/2021  3:08 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's my first impulse is to say that someone chemically removed the copper plating but let's wait for the pros to chime in.
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 Posted 01/13/2021  3:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add That coin dude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
that is my suggestion as well Masterj
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 Posted 01/13/2021  8:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not a pro, but I think that the most likely explanation is the one given by @chafe.
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 Posted 01/13/2021  9:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe this coin was chemically altered. Could be environmental or deliberately in a HS chemistry class, who knows? Upon a closer examination, the subject coin appears to be a slight copper colour under the rim reverse top. Could just be lighting or left ever copper. There are two possibilities: copper has been removed OR the coin has been plated in pewter or zinc. Weight should be relativity close either way. Just a theory.

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 Posted 01/14/2021  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The surface should be very smooth:

Looks more like a YouTube example that added zinc to a dirty coin.
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