1943 Steel Penny that looks like Bronze

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by mwhistle, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. mwhistle

    mwhistle Junior Member

    I'd appreciate any insights you can provide. I found a 1943 penny that looks like it's copper or bronze. It does not look like your typical grey 1943 steel penny, of which I have several. I used a magnet, and the coin is definitely steel, but its color is just like a red or brown penny. Any thoughts as to how it got this color? Any other possibilities. Sorry, I don't have capability of taking/posting picture. Thank you.
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  3. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    Two possibilities come to mind.

    1. Someone tried to create a Bronze 1943 by Electrolysis.
    2. Yellow Rust.

    But I'm no expert. I predict a request for photos shortly.
  4. cerdsalicious

    cerdsalicious BigShot

    Photos please

    I agree with marshall most liekly option 1.
  5. Night Hawk

    Night Hawk Junior Member

    It does sound like it's been coated/plated with something. If like you said it sticks to a magnet then that confirms it's not the real deal.
  6. rlm's cents

    rlm's cents Numismatist

    It has been copper plated. There are lots of them out there.
  7. Shawn151

    Shawn151 Junior Member

    Yup, and you can have anything plated.
  8. bqcoins

    bqcoins Olympic Figure Skating Scoring System Expert

    if it sticks to a magnet, you're out of luck.
  9. wonkavision

    wonkavision Junior Member

    Almost in luck! I have a roll of steel pennies.......
  10. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    An actual ad in the Numismatic Scrapbook in 1961. So you can see where many
    plated 1943 cents come from :)

    Jim


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  11. mwhistle

    mwhistle Junior Member

    I want to thank you all for your very useful responses. I can always count on this board to provide the best information. Again, thank you.
  12. 900fine

    900fine doggone it people like me

    Yep.

    One solution : get a different magnet. :D
  13. ldhair

    ldhair Coin Collector Supporter

    This is one of the best plated ones I have seen.
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