1979 lincoln steel cent ?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Pittsburgh-Area, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Pittsburgh-Area

    Pittsburgh-Area Junior Member

    I've had this sitting around for a number of years now.
    after reading that 43 cents stick to magnets ( makes sense ) I tried it with this coin ... it sticks too
    Any thoughts guys ?( or gals )

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  3. eno

    eno Junior Member

    You have me stumped? If its magnetic its steel!!!!!!
  4. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Barely sticks or "jumps" to the magnet? If it barely sticks it probably has a heavy nickel plating.
  5. Captainkirk

    Captainkirk 73 Buick Riviera owner

    There's a slight chance some mint employee threw a 43 cent in the mix. Try a magnet on a 43 and this cent and look for a difference.

    some details of the over-struck cent would show.
    I would think it would mess up the plating also.
  6. jcuve

    jcuve Lincoln variety fanatic

    There's a 99.9999% chance this coin is either plated with a silver like metal or coated with mercury. When one finds an off colored coin, the first test should be to weigh the coin within a 100th of a gram.
  7. Pittsburgh-Area

    Pittsburgh-Area Junior Member

    Thanks for all your responses ! * barely sticks * to a magnet might be the best description. So i will go with an odd plating. I'll also assume it holds little value as such.
  8. foundinrolls

    foundinrolls Roll Searching Enthusiast

    It's plated, probably nickel or chrome. Either would stick to a magnet.

    It was done outside the mint and is technically a damaged coin.

  9. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Not chrome, Chromium is not magnetic (but chromium dioxide is.)
  10. foundinrolls

    foundinrolls Roll Searching Enthusiast

    Thanks Conder:)..of course, you are correct!
  11. elweavo

    elweavo Junior Member

    i have one too

    hey guys i have this same penny 1979 d looks like steel of some kinds of white metal. is there anywhere i can get more info.
  12. bhp3rd

    bhp3rd Die varieties, Gems

    Could be toned silver/metal looking, could be copy, got to see a photo.
  13. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Check out this video on making your own gold and silver colored cents.


    or search for "making gold penny" on google.

    This is a standard chemistry experiment in some middle and high school's chemistry lab manual, as it is low risk , and the students love to make them. But then what to do with them after the novelty has worn off? Spend them. So there are quite a few of different dates in circulation. Definitely post- mint damage.

  14. kimdehart

    kimdehart Penny Nut

    It also could be a un-plated cent, I have several, I get a chance I will try to take pictures
  15. jallengomez

    jallengomez Cessna 152 Jockey

    That could be the case on any zinc plated Cent 1982 and beyond, but the Cents struck in 1979 were not plated.
  16. foundinrolls

    foundinrolls Roll Searching Enthusiast

    Lets see, this week I found a plated cent, two plated halves, and a plated quarter as I searched through rolls. They were sold by the millions , especially on shopping networks. With the current economy many people, finding out that they are worthless are just rolling them up or spending them.

    They are everywhere. Also, when you get used to seeing ones that are plated, it is easy to tell even from a poor picture when a coin posted here is plated.

  17. Sfotografer

    Sfotografer New Member

    I also have a silver penny from 1979. I've had it as long as I can remember but I do not remember where I got it from?
  18. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    First, welcome to the neighborhood!

    I'm pretty sure that it didn't come from the Mint that way.

  19. Searcher64

    Searcher64 Member

    What's the weight of the coin? It could be from a foreign country's metal.
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