3.1 gram magnetic steel cent?

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

  1. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Active Member

    Will nickle stick to zinc in the plating process? I recall something about needing a copper layer first but that may be for chrome plating.
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  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    Looks chrome plated to me, which might account for the weight.
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  4. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Active Member

    I agree. Just too shiny and bright. Nickel shines up nice but not as bright as chrome. IMO
  5. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    Lol - maybe someone was trying to hide the real thing 'in plain sight' with hopes of reversing the plating process and cashing out at a later date :rolleyes:
    Reminds me of the wealthy guy who painted a 400 oz. gold bullion bar with black paint and used it as a doorstop in his home for many years - nobody knew :cool:
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  6. Mike Thornton

    Mike Thornton Active Member

    Funny story. Thx
  7. John Johnson

    John Johnson Well-Known Member

    Usually I believe a replated cent would have been plated with zinc. I wonder if yours was plated in nickel? Maybe by someone who works in a chrome shop rechroming automotive items?
  8. John Johnson

    John Johnson Well-Known Member

    Steel cents are notorious for rust. Some companies have taken the ugly ones and either polished (reprocessed) or replated them to resell for a profit.
  9. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I remember, as a kid, we called them "lead" cents, because of the color.
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  10. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Nickel is magnetic.
    Our nickels are not magnetic because they are 75% copper and 25% nickel.
    But all those Canadian coins that are made out of nickel stick to a magnet.
    The steelie should weigh less (2.7 but they often run a little heavy 2.8 as mentioned). Even if it was a slightly thicker planchet it's not out of tolerance by much. And the reprocessing has decreased the value of the coin to 1 cent.
  11. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Why would anyone place mercury on a steel coin unless they wanted to hurt someone or even themselves for that matter? I can understand reprocessing but mercury dumb real dumb. Just my opinion.
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  12. Packrat

    Packrat Active Member

    They sell better than black ones.
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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

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  14. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    Nickel adheres just fine. Chrome needs copper first
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  15. Mike Thornton

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  16. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    35818650-23F1-4276-A051-FEE912C04AB8.jpeg F2E9BEDC-82E3-4B3A-8B19-CF9163190FF1.jpeg C13993A4-9FBB-4436-AE42-EC57FE533A3D.jpeg Some of these Steelies are heavy before plating.
    Nickel plating can be quite thick. This is by far my most shiny war nickel
  17. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I save Canadian pennies and nickels. But have no idea what I’m missing. Think I need those 1920ish pennies. Drawing a blank on them nickels
  18. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    25 lbs. haha. My purse beats that
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