1944 steel penny.. real or fake.

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Parker Miller, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. Parker Miller

    Parker Miller New Member

    I found this guy Yesterday I was wondering if you guys could help me out on if this is real or not. I did the magnet test and it is indeed steel, but I question the second 4. It’s an even with the rest of the date. There’s also some sort of doubling or strike though. Here are some pictures. I could really use some help. Thank you.

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It has been plated. You can see where the plating has worn off and the copper is showing underneath.
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  4. Parker Miller

    Parker Miller New Member

    I did the magnet test to it. It’s steel...
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It is plated.
    What does it weigh?
  6. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    The obv. looks 'funky',
    and the reverse definitely looks
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  7. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Plated. the plating is ferromagnetic. it will stick to a magnet.
    Altered 1944 Cent. Not the real deal.
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  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I agree with Fred. There is finning on the reverse top edge, but Abe's cheek and jaw look flat with wear. That just don't add up...
  9. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    Tossup. Counterfeit or nickel plated? Or both
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  10. FarmerBill

    FarmerBill Member

    Will it actually jump off the table onto a magnet?
  11. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Not plated, this is a chinese fake.
  12. Parker Miller

    Parker Miller New Member

    Yeah there’s a strong magnetic pull when applied to a magnet
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  14. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    There are 39 known.
    Could there be another one? Maybe.
    There are a million fakes for every real one.
    Do you think you have found a 1 in a billion coin, or a fake?
    You've already been told by experts it doesn't appear genuine.
    Are you waiting to get the answer you want to hear?
    Yes it's real, find of a lifetime.
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  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It's definitely plated.
  16. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    When the "attracted to a magnet " started decades ago magnets were mainly the old horseshoe or bar magnets ( Alnico Ferrite) and were relatively weak compared to todays rare earth magnets NIB magnets which are generally way more than 10X stronger and are way more common now than the oldies. Plating can be much thinner now and still be attracted. I used to have a old time horseshoe , but Neodymium based ones now. IMO, Jim
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