Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Beardigger, Oct 20, 2020.
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Your post reminded me of a question I've always wanted to ask. So far, I've received 3 reprocessed 1943 steel cents - each gotten for free from Littleton. When I look at each of them, the details are very sharp. Wouldn't that mean that the cent (before it was reprocessed) was in a very high grade condition? If so, why would they go and re-plate it? Wouldn't the original high grade UNprocessed steel cent be worth more than a shiny REprocessed steel cent that they are giving away for free?
Yes, it is likely that high grade coins get reprocessed, and yes, you're also right that they'd be worth more if NOT reprocessed, but who's to say what their surfaces were like before they got the treatment? Maybe they had sharp details but not so great surfaces.
Maybe too they just send big boxes through for reprocessing without looking too closely at what goes in. At present I am not aware of the details of how this reprocessing is done, but would be interested to know. I wonder if it is some kind of electrolysis?
Ah... I didn't think of that.
I "know" that they strip the old zinc and replate it. But I never actually "saw" it, so I can't understand or really appreciate what that entails. I read/hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
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