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Shell Casing Cents 1944 To 1946 Question

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 Posted 05/16/2021  3:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Would there potentially be some 1947 made using the old planchets or 1946 on the standard composition?


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Except it doesn't say it was actually done. It lays out the result, but that could be from a small experiment.

The Annual Report of the Director of the US Mint for Fiscal Year 1944 states that the use of an alloy of 95% copper and 5% zinc for the one-cent coin began on January 1, 1944. It also states that the zinc-coated steel cent was struck through December 31, 1943. The change back to a copper cent was "made as a result of the availability of fired brass cartridge cases, to which copper is added." The cartridge cases to be used were not 95% copper; depending on the cartridge, the copper content varied between 70 and 85% - pure copper had to be added to the melted cartridges to get the overall alloy up to 95% copper.

The 1945 and 1946 Annual Reports continue to specify the 95% copper / 5% zinc alloy; in 1945 the Report references the fired brass cartridges, no such reference was specifically included in the 1946 Report.

The Annual Report of the Director of the US Mint for Fiscal Year 1947, lists that the "shell casing" alloy of 95% copper and 5% zinc was used to coin 1,066,780,000 cents between between July and December 1946. Beginning in January 1947, an alloy of 95% copper, 2.5% zinc and 2.5% tin was used. As with the 1946 Report, there is no specific mention of fired brass cartridge cases being used.

The 1947 Report does not discuss any calendar/coin date overlap of either alloy - of course, a small amount of planchets of one or the other alloy being used in the incorrect year is certainly possible (but not documented).


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 Posted 05/17/2021  11:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating! Thank you for sharing the additional information.
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