1942 wheat penny weighs 3.4 grams...

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by James R, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. James R

    James R Member

    It seemed heavier so I weighed it. Comes in at 3.396 or so after settling. I know the mint was experimenting with different alloys prior to the release of 1943 steel pennies. I know the idea was to conserve copper. If it is all copper would this be rare? Or just a spender? Opinions welcome.

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  3. James R

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    Pics of it flat. It looks pretty worn too like it should be lighter not heavier.

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  4. James R

    James R Member

    Maybe just rolled on a thick planchet?

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  5. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    Welcome to CT!!!

    The only thing I can think of is did you calibrate your scale? How much does a US Nickel weigh on it?
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Yes. To me it's within weight tolerance.
    Let me tag @Pete Apple
  7. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    I agree with you on this but any heavier and I would start wondering myself.

    I found this interesting when I was researching coin tolerances though.
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  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Looks normal and worn but I'm thinking it was a thick planchet.
  9. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The chances that it is just a slightly overweight planchet are orders of magnitude greater than it being an unknown experimental planchet (and even if it was you would have to explain what the composition was, they were trying to REDUCE the use of copper so you would need to show that this coin was of a different composition. Especially since it is not visually different.)
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  10. James R

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  11. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    That's a XRF Analyzer. Expensive procedure. Waste of time.. But let us know the results ASAP.
  12. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    There is a book on Pattern and Experimental Cents of WWII by Roger Burdette. This is where you need to do the research.

    That being said, I'm a big fan of the 14th century philosopher William of Ockham. He once said, "the simplest explanation is usually the correct explanation". Assuming your scale is calibrated , You have a cent that was struck on a slightly overweight planchet.
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