1983-D zinc penny

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Gavriil, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Gavriil

    Gavriil New Member

    This coin doesn't looked like it was dipped in anything,

    Get some opinions and is it worth anything.

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  3. dsmith23

    dsmith23 Gotta get 'em all

    Whats it weigh, looks plated to me
  4. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

  5. Gavriil

    Gavriil New Member

  6. Cazkaboom

    Cazkaboom One for all, all for me.

    I don't think so.
  7. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Hard to say. It looks pretty good. It isn't one of the commonly encountered pieces that have had the copper stripped off. It seems to have good luster like a genuine one would. Go over the coin on both side carefully looking for the plating blisters commonly found on the copper plated Zincolns. A genuine cent struck on a non=plated zinc blank will not have any such blisters. (If there are none that doesn't prove that it is real, but if it DOES have some it DOES prove that it is fake.)
  8. silentnviolent

    silentnviolent accumulator--selling--make an offer I can't refuse

    I can see spotting at 3o'clock, and all over from 7-10o'clock where the plating has worn off and the copper is showing through. I bet you can scrape some off with your fingernail... Plated.

    Edit: closer pics of the rim at those locations would be better, but I'm still inclined to say it's plated.
  9. rascal

    rascal Well-Known Member

    looks like you may be thinking in reverse gear here. from 1983 up until now our cent coins are not copper. they only have a super thin copper plating on a zinc core that is silver color , so this coin may possibly be one of the unplated ones.
  10. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    He is thinking someone may have plated a copper plated zinc cent to make it look like a non-plated planchet coin.

    One thing you have to be careful of on the genuine non-plated cents is copper flakes from copper dust adhering to the die being struck into the zinc planchet.
  11. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    The only pennies that look like that are 1943 PDS that were zinc coated steel.

    Copper and brass were needed for the production of war materials during WWII and the Mint experimented with other materials to make up for the loss of copper and brass.
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