1944 silver-colored cent, not steel

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by DukeBedford, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. DukeBedford

    DukeBedford New Member

    Has anyone seen anything like this? The photos don't do it justice - I couldn't hold my phone camera steady enough. It looks like an uncirculated 1944 copper cent, a strong strike, except it's silver in color, like a dime. The color in the obverse photo is accurate. The reverse is the same color. It is not attracted by a magnet. It weighs about 3g (my scale doesn't provide finer resolution). I found it in a box of old coins a friend game me. He has no idea what it is. IMG_0171.JPG IMG_0173.JPG IMG_0171.JPG IMG_0173.JPG
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  3. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    It has been plated. It is now damaged.
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  4. GH#75

    GH#75 Well-Known Member

    Fun fact: The 1944 steel cent is actually worth more than a 1943 copper penny.
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  5. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Could you give us photos of the edge? Most likely a plated cent, as you can see copper showing on the nicks of the rim.
    Welcome to CT BTW and thanks for posting full image photos.
  6. DukeBedford

    DukeBedford New Member

    I thought it might be silver-plated copper, but I've never seen one before and couldn't find any references to such a coin on-line. Do you suppose it might be worth something as a curiosity?
  7. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Not at all, because it's easy enough to make more.

    Back in the happy days when mercury was "interesting and fun" rather than "a deadly hazard", it was common to rub it onto the surface of a copper coin. It forms a silver-colored amalgam (alloy) with copper.
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  8. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    So does that mean the three or four silver cent experiments that I keep in my junk box are sharing mercury with me when I handle my junk box coins?
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Only if you ate a tuna fish sandwich first.
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  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Your cent is plated cud now it's damaged. Welcome to CT.
  11. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Yeah. You'll live, though. It probably won't even ha mUccch effect on y r nerv s syst m...
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  12. Randy Abercrombie

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