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1944 S Penny, Why Is It Black?

 
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 Posted 09/20/2021  10:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Suzy49727 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Just wondering why this has a black tint to it? And where is the 'S' from?
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 Posted 09/20/2021  10:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coins surface was altered during its lifetime. Wasn't struck that way.
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 Posted 09/20/2021  10:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The "S" indicates it was minted in San Francisco.

There are many possible reasons for the discoloration. It may have been buried at one point.



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 Posted 09/20/2021  11:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add merclover to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Environmental tarnishing/discolouration/damage. Not a mint error, there is nothing in the minting process that would cause such an affect. Damage is damage, however created.

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 Posted 09/21/2021  12:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The black is almost certainly a copper oxide/sulfide complex. The inorganic oxides and sulfides of copper are both black, and they cannot be removed with acetone.
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 Posted 09/22/2021  12:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It could have been painted, color with a magic marker several times, nail polished or as mentioned already it turned color. But in circulation it rubs of the affect on the highest points first. Eventually is left in circulation long enough, it will turn back to the right planchet color.
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If it was black paint, ethylene chloride would remove it, but
it would destroy the coin in the process.
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 Posted 09/22/2021  10:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Damage.
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