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1983 Copper Cent.weight 3gr

 
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 Posted 01/25/2023  04:17 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add norman02 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi just came across an article about 1983 copper verses zinc coins. Both of these weigh 3gr...i am not using is sensitive scale so it my be an extra .01gr

Are these of value as they say in various articles
Many thanks for looking



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 Posted 01/25/2023  04:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lcutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would suspect the accuracy of the scale. The first one pictured is definitely a normal copper coated zinc coin, as there is zinc corrosion on the left edge on the obverse.
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 Posted 01/25/2023  04:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
By the initial photo I'm skeptical.

Weigh these on calibrated scales with resolution of 0.01 grams and report back. If genuine then yes - they have significant numismatic premium.
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 Posted 01/25/2023  06:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coincrew1000 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
zinc pennies don't weigh 3 grams.
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 Posted 01/25/2023  07:35 am  Show Profile   Check Dearborn's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
your inaccurate scale could be rounding up to nearest whole number - if it weighs 2.5 to 2.9 grams it will round up to 3.0
(The top image shows that the coin is a zinc coin.)
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 Posted 01/25/2023  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cujohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
need a better scale. Would be nice if copper.
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 Posted 01/25/2023  5:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add halfamind to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Drop them both on a table wouldn't recommend this for uncirculated or better, but it won't matter with these two and compare the "ring tone" to a known copper (pre-1982) cent.
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