3.1 gram magnetic steel cent?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Kevin Farley, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    Bought a few plastic tubes of wheat pennies a few years back and found this sandwiched in the middle of one tube. I believed it to be replated for obvious reasons, even though it looks a lot different than all other replated coins I've seen. It also weighs different, weighing in at around 3.08-3.10 grams, compared to a couple replated cents I've accumulated over the years which weigh the usual weight. It looks to be the same thickness and is the same diameter.

    Anyone know what I've got here?
     

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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I'm thinking a reprocessed and plated steel cent.
    To shiny for just a reprocessed steelie.
     
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  4. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I was thinking the same but the weight is too much, isn’t?
     
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  5. Heavymetal

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  6. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    Yeah I was thinking that's all it is, but the weight just seems pretty high
     
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    The reprocessing must've affected the weight. It added an extra layer of metal, after all.

    Though it is numismatic sacrilege to say this, I think reprocessed steel cents are kinda pretty.
     
  8. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    I weighed other reprocessed coins, and the weight didn't even budge. Nothing else really makes sense though so I guess that's the only option
     
  9. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    Anyone have thoughts other than reprocessing?
     

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  10. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Nope.

    Unless someone nickel plated a copper 1943 which is very unlikely and would be very unfortunate.
     
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  11. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    BC7459F5-9F2C-493D-82C2-85C4F681ABC1.jpeg 9E8D50F0-7484-4559-AE44-A4006F62E075.jpeg Steelies seem to often run heavy.
    The 43 D in my Whitman is 2.87
    Another in my junk pile is 2.82
    I’ll pull out a roll from my CRH in a day or two and report back.
    Canadian 100% nickel 5 cent coins,1981 & before, make great feed stock for plating.
    Having done a lot of CRH in Upstate NY, I’m flush Canadian coins. Banks don’t even want the stuff.
     
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  12. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    it won’t be magnetic though
     
  13. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    The Nickel used to plate the cent is ferromagnetic so yes it will ;)
     
  14. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    Lmao yes that's a good point. That would be really freaking unfortunate. But it's magnetic so I don't think that's possible. I just don't see how it could add that much weight to the coin when the other few reprocessed coins I weighed all weigh the same as a standard steel cent
     
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  15. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Keep in mind. Many coins.. and it does not matter which denomination could have a plus or minus weight varience. The Steel Cent could of been a few grams overweight to start off and the plating added just a bit more.

    Read @Heavymetal post. He gave an example!
     
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  16. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    I took that into account but it's still too high
     
  17. Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley Active Member

    That'd be the story of my life If I found something like a 1943 copper and someone destroyed it lol
     
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  18. Rick B

    Rick B Well-Known Member

    Why do people reprocess/replate? Newbie here :)
     
  19. PassthePuck

    PassthePuck Active Member

    Hum, but if it was "Thick Nickel Plating" wouldn't it fill in the lines on the wheat on the reverse?
     
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  20. Ken Thomson

    Ken Thomson New Member

    Does it feel "slick"?
    Looks like it has been coated in MERCURY.
    If so, wash your hands every time you touch it.
     
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  21. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    There have also been incidences of altering the 8 of a 1948 copper cent into a 3 for deception. Usually the lay person doesn't pay much attention to details beyond weight and the appearance of the coin. I haven't heard about then plating with nickel afterwards, but people more interested in the science of chemistry find it fun. Jim
     
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