1981 off metal penny

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Vincent McLemore, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    Greetings everyone. I've been collecting pennies for a few years now and came across this odd 1981 no mint mark penny. It has a different feel to it and sounds different when you drop it on a table. I read about experienmental coins in 1981 but haven't got much info. Any help or directions will be greatly appreciated.
     

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Your coin is just enviromentaly damaged. Was probably in the ground for awhile or dipped in acid or something similar.
     
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  4. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    It's very interesting (and telling - hint, hint) that such questions almost always revolve around coins that have had very hard lives.

    Sound and feel are meaningless. Perhaps start by simply weighing it and go from there.
     
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  5. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    And learn what mint a "no mint mark" coin is from.
     
  6. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    It weights 2.5 grams
     
  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    because of the loss of metal.
     
  8. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    Ok thanks. I wondered if that's what it was because of the way it looks. What through me off was the size and features of the coin. I placed it next to a zinc coin and it was the exact size but smaller than the copper ones.
     
  9. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    For my info what type of metal loss is going on here? Is it copper or....?
     
  10. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    All cent coins, zinc, copper alloy, steel are the same size leaving the mint. so I am not sure of your statement. Stack them on top of each other.
     
  11. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    Washed it in water that was too hot. :rolleyes:;)
     
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  12. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    As wounded as this coin is, I'm slightly surprised it didn't scream when dropped.
     
  13. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    I placed the 1981coin on top of a 1990 coin and it's the same size. I next placed it on a 1979 coin and the 1981 was smaller.
     
  14. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    Umm, no.
     
  15. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

     

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  16. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    I don't dispute the "wounded soldier" is small, but the other two are the same diameter. I don't see the relevant dates in your picture, BTW. The minted diameter of cents hasn't changed since 1857.
     
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  17. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    I understand and thanks for your time.
     
  18. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    fixed it for you Kurt.
     
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  19. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    You're secretly bucking for my cynicism award, ain'tcha?

    Actually, it WAS "off metal". There was lotsa metal off that coin. It looks like it has at some point been a "plop, plop, fizz, fizz" coin.
     
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  20. Vincent McLemore

    Vincent McLemore New Member

    Why speak for another man? Whether waisted time or not it wasn't your time. People like you will not stop me from asking questions.
     
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  21. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Really? Where? o_O
     
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