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Old 11-03-2006, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Could be a high school science experiment. The date could be a hand stamp from the day of the experiment--a souvenir sort of thing. Check this out:

http://labs.timistry.net/labdb/get.t...eriment_id=228
I think this is probably what it is too.
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Old 11-03-2006, 12:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bet its a test coin from the US mint. I read that the mint was experimenting with different bronze and aluminum mixtures because the price of copper was so high in much of the '70's. You should send a picture of it to the US mint to see if they know anything about it.
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Any coin experts here? Found a very strange penny

I got a strange penny for change the other day. It's much shinier than any penny I've ever seen, and it's a different color. It's more of a gold color than a copper color. It's a 1975 penny, but above the date there's another date stamped into it which reads 12-31-74. I think it's been coated with something, and then the second date was stamped. Anybody know what this is? I tried to get a good picture, but this is the best I could do because it's so reflective.

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Maybe someone gold plated it? Strange that the date stamped is before the issue date.
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Did a Google search and found this:
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Did a Google search and found this:
Yeah, I did see that. I also see that someone has one for sale on eBay here. So it seems like there are a few of them, but I can't find any information about what exactly it is.
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Found this too on Ebay.

Oops - beat me to it!
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Could be a high school science experiment. The date could be a hand stamp from the day of the experiment--a souvenir sort of thing. Check this out:

http://labs.timistry.net/labdb/get.t...eriment_id=228
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[QUOTE=WhitePlume]Could be a high school science experiment. The date could be a hand stamp from the day of the experiment--a souvenir sort of thing.

Besides the fact that not too many schools are in session on 12/31, I'd think it would be hard for most people to own a 1975 penny on the last day of 1974.
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here are some of my weird pennys.
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here are some of my weird pennys.
Any idea why there are stars cut out of them? Where did you get them?
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I got them from a swap meet
The pennys for some reason are silver colored insead of copper colered.
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The pennys for some reason are silver colored insead of copper colered.
I have a lot of those pennies. During WW2, copper was used to make gun shells so to conserve the amount of copper being used they decided to coat the pennies in steel coated zinc.

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I have a lot of those pennies. During WW2, copper was used to make gun shells so to conserve the amount of copper being used they decided to coat the pennies in steel coated zinc.
Those were done for one specific year of WW-II (and I thought they were either zinc or aluminum - no steel). The pennies in the photo above includes pennies from years after the war - it's not the WW-II "silver" (colored) pennies...

They were probably some other kind of "experiment"/"treatment" and made into a souvineer...
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Those were done for one specific year of WW-II (and I thought they were either zinc or aluminum - no steel). The pennies in the photo above includes pennies from years after the war - it's not the WW-II "silver" (colored) pennies...

They were probably some other kind of "experiment"/"treatment" and made into a souvineer...
You're right, silver-colored pennies were made during WWII because they needed the copper for shell casings, but they were definitely made of steel, as they are ferrous. Many years ago it used to be possible to find them by sorting through huge amounts of pennies with a magnet. I doubt there are many in circulation these days, though.
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With regard to the high school experiment. My son just showed me pennies that they discolored in science class. One was silver and the other gold.
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I was using some platinum plating solution once at work and decided to platinum plate a penny. It came out pretty nice. Unfortunately, I lost it.
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I have a rare penny too. Any ideas if it's priceless?
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they were definitely made of steel, as they are ferrous. Many years ago it used to be possible to find them by sorting through huge amounts of pennies with a magnet. I doubt there are many in circulation these days, though.
Aluminum, zinc, steel... I'm getting old, and they say the memory is the second thing to go...

I just remember finding them occasionally as a kid, but we were poor and never had huge amount of pennies or a magnet.

Actually, it's been many years since I have seen one "in the wild" (but I have a few in a drawer some where...). Heck, I seldom see wheat pennies anymore.

Here's some trivia for you. How many images of Lincoln are on a current style penny.

For bonus points, what year did they change from the wheat penny to the current version?
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BTW the steel penny was issued in 1943. 1943 copper pennies are exceedingly rare and quite valuable.

Nickels made from 1942-1945 were silver.
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