1944 Penny

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  1. ddi

    ddi New Member

    This 1944 Penny - I'm I correct if I say it should weigh 3.11 gr?

    This penny weigh's 2.8 gr, or sometimes 2.7 gr.

    A magnet will not pick it up.


    This coin has been in a box in my garage for many years and
    the scratch was there when I found it in the box.


    Could this be a Bronze Zinc composition?
     

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  3. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Sorry, but it just looks like on old cent that suffered corrosion and environmental damage.

    The tolerance for copper US cents is +/- 0.13 grams. The slightly lower weight may be due to corrosion or resolution of your scale (0.1 grams). If it were struck on a slightly underweight planchet, it is minor and would not carry any premium, even if the coin wasn’t damaged
     
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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Ok.. That's because it is not ferromagnetic.

    I agree that it is corroded.
     
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  5. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Well-Known Member

    Yes, should be 95% copper and 5% zinc. These cents were minted from recycled shell casings from WWII.
     
  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    If a magnet won't pick it up then it's not magnetic. It's has all kinds of problems and it's only worth face value.
     
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  7. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    As already stated @ddi, it is a heavily circulated old cent that shows wear and tear. PMD, post mint damage. NAV. No added value, but collecting is about keeping what you like. Keep looking and questioning to educate yourself. Good luck.
     
  8. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    ...Sorry, it’s too far gone to mess with...Spark
     
  9. ddi

    ddi New Member

    A1 1944.png 1944 Penny  (3).jpg
    I know the coin is badly corroded, but why is the scratch not corroded?
    Could someone tell me the composition of this coin?
     
  10. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Well-Known Member

    I did. It is 95% copper and 5% zinc, made from recycled shell cases from WWII.
     
  11. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    Because the scratch is fresh damage and the corrosion is old damage...Spark
     
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    And I was going to say the scratch is recent and the corrosion takes time. :)
     
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