2000 lmc gray/pewter in color ....help.?

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  1. Attached is a 2000 penny...bigger in diameter less in weight... Can someone please point me in the direction of what this could be.... Thank you

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  3. Pete Apple

    Pete Apple Well-Known Member

    Weight is within tolerance. Suspect the copper plating has been stripped. Photos not good enough to say for sure but if it is unplated:


    There are at least 3 different diagnostics suggested for the identification of genuine unplated zinc cents: 1) A genuine example should have mint luster or 2) they will be a bit dull and show microscopic flakes of copper struck into them or 3) measuring the specific gravity of the coin in question (it should equal approximately 7.18). Here are some resources:




  4. Randy Abercrombie

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    Bigger in diameter is the giveaway here. You are in possession of a Texas Cent. Folks will place the cent between some leather and bang the cent with a hammer. The copper falls away and the cent grows in diameter. I have seen them almost as large around as a nickel.
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  5. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    De-plated and Texas'd
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

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  7. Pete Apple

    Pete Apple Well-Known Member

    Agree - I missed the diameter reference! Sorry!

    Scroll down to “Texas Cent”
    “Texas Cent: A cent with a larger-than-normal diameter that was intentionally damaged outside the mint. The traditional method is hammering the cent between pieces of (usually) leather. However, another instance of cents with larger-than-normal diameters is now commonly seen on cents that have had their plating removed. Whatever methods are being used to strip the plating, most of which involve exposure to chemicals and heat, are leaving the resulting zinc core thinner with an expanded diameter. I am still trying to investigate exactly how this is happening. Below is an example of one of these stripped cents.”
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  8. Sylvia L Perry

    Sylvia L Perry New Member

    IMG_3337.jpg Here are more images, I don't think it is a Texas coin. Please send feedback of your thoughts. Thank you
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  10. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    It might not be a 'Texas Cent', but it's still
    damaged. Looks like the copper plating
    was removed, and also the surfaces are
    also badly damaged.

    Not an error of any kind.....sorry
  11. Sylvia L Perry

    Sylvia L Perry New Member

    Thank you, happy hunting
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  12. Sylvia L Perry

    Sylvia L Perry New Member

    IMG_3342.JPG It does look pretty cool lol
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