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 Posted 09/20/2021  02:26 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add nooraden to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone this is 1910 cent is this copper or zink ?










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 Posted 09/20/2021  03:31 am  Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Most people refer to this as a copper cent, but it is actually made of bronze. It's an alloy of 95% copper with 5% tin and zinc mixed in.

The mint made the Large Cent of pure copper from 1793 to 1857, but with the introduction of the Flying Eagle Small Cent in 1856, they started using a copper/nickel alloy of 88% copper and 12% nickel. This changed to Bronze in 1864 during the production of Indian Head cents. Lincoln Wheat cents were made of Bronze with the exception of the 1943 Zinc-Coated Steel cent and the 1944 to 1946 that was made of Gilding Metal (95% copper, 5% zinc) which is sometimes called Shell Case cents. With a few exceptions here and there, the Lincoln Memorial cent was made of the same bronze alloy. The copper plated zinc core cents were minted starting in 1982 and is still used today.

There are a few collector cents that were made after 1982 using Bronze, but these coins were not intended for circulation.

A few aluminum strikes are known and are very rare and valuable. Off-metal errors can also bring large premiums.
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 Posted 09/20/2021  06:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@noor, looks like this cent has a weird surface coloration, but as noted by @yoko it is definitely not zinc. You could always weigh the cent to confirm as coins made from the two alloys weigh different amounts.
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 Posted 09/20/2021  09:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Old-fashioned "copper" cent for sure.



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The zinc core did not come along until mid 1982, and along with it, zinc rot, but that's a story for another time. Yes, we refer to your 1910 cent as a "copper" cent.

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