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Do Plated Coins Always Have Plated Edges?

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 Posted 04/21/2021  12:42 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add shathe to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
hi. kind of new here. I didn't see anything in the forums that addressed my question, so here goes. I have a few "shiny" State Quarters with normal-looking edges (i.e., the copper is obvious and the edge hasn't been played with). do plated coins ALWAYS have plated edges? I know the State Quarters were notorious for being plated, and I've seen a few, but I don't want to stick something in a book that really has no value (especially when I have a couple of "almost as good" examples on hand). maybe from a p/d proof set that was opened?
thanks in advance.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  1:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it's an electroplated coin, the edge should be plated, too even a reeded edge. Some surfaces are painted (or plated) in other ways; in that case, the edge may not be.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  1:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PlumCrazy814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
what little experience I have with Electro-plating involves submerging teh item ot be plated into a solution with a polarized electrode attached. Teh solution has an electrode with an opposing charge. The solution has dissolved metal that migrates to the item being plated by the flow of electricity. This means that, generally, the entire item gets plated.

Brilliant Uncirculated quarters usually shine brightly and any visible copper on the edges is bright red. It is recommended that you store the coins in either a book that has protective plastic on both sides of the coin or to just put them in flips in order to slow oxidation.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  1:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shathe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thanks. I know how electroplating works. I just didn't see how it would be worth it to electroplate only the faces of the coin, especially because such a process would be far more labor intensive.

EDIT: maybe that came off as a little... arrogant? not my intension. thanking all for the responses. just saying I generally know how plating works. anyway, I have some saflips and whitman classic albums that I'm trying to fill. I'm looking forward to benefitting from (and perhaps one day contributing to) the knowledge and experience of this community.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  2:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
. What about the 1943 Lincoln cent?
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 Posted 04/21/2021  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shathe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thought about uploading some photos but, I'm not sure they would be useful. I have a loop and a usb digital microscope, and I see no signs of polishing or chemical alteration. i'll see what I can do later after I'm done with this job.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  2:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shathe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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"What about the 1943 Lincoln cent?"


i think I have a couple of copper 1943 Lincoln cents, but no steel ones. i'll have to look later. I haven't gone through my pennies yet.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  2:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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What about the 1943 Lincoln cent?
In that case, the steel sheets were zinc plated before the blanks were punched out.
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 Posted 04/21/2021  2:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It would be possible to plate just the front and back if you first paint the edge with some fingernail polish or wax. The plating won't adhere there and the polish can be removed with an acetone bath, or the wax with a bath in very hot water.

They do something like that if the want to do selective plating on the front or back. Just mask off the areas you don't want plated, plate, remove the mask.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  04:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
shathe,
What makes you think your coin has been plated?
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 Posted 04/22/2021  09:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add shathe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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What makes you think your coin has been plated?

i don't necessarily. it's just must more lustrous than it's competitor. just asked a question.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  11:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No problem. It looks like a pretty normal coin to me.
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