Frosty the one cent...... was a strange little

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by shilines, Dec 7, 2021.

  1. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    Ok, what's the deal on this guy. Has a frosty silvery unfinished type of coating. I figure it's not an error, but still very interesting. So please, feel free to educate me. I appreciate.. Screenshot_20211206-204425.png

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Acid etched to remove the outer copper layer, perhaps?
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  4. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    yup yup acid or just simply "buffed/whizzed" until the copper wore away.. pretty neat
  5. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    Could be
  6. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    Are people really that bored? Who wakes up and. Says today I think I'll buff me some pennies lol crazy, I guess me because I'm about to try for the hell of it lol. Thanks for your Input and happy holidays!
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  7. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    Lol, good question. People spent a lot less time on the internet when this coin was minted way back in '97. Must have been boring back in those days ;)
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  8. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Copper plated Zinc planchet. The core/center is mostly Zinc.

    That would actually be the Zinc underneath the Copper coating ;)

    Zinc is Silvery in color

    JIC.. @JCro57 Any thoughts?
  9. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    My opinion?

    Cool enough to hang onto, damaged or not.

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  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Heck, I hang onto this one.

    It's my "asphalt Canadian Large Cent" type coin . . . . . . .


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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    The copper had been stripped away so you’re seeing the zinc.
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  12. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    It looks like paint
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  13. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector Supporter

    It doesn’t look like zinc to me, note how some of the letters in IGWT still have their copper. I’m on the paint side, but barely. May be wrong.
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  16. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    I also noticed faint little diagonal lines on the obverse side which I have seen on other Lincoln cents that had their original color. Wonder what that's from?
  17. 1stSgt22

    1stSgt22 Well-Known Member

    I think paint may actually be the correct answer and those lines are caused by the brush used to apply the paint! JMO!!!
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  18. YankeeDime

    YankeeDime non-conformant

    Being a '97 I would think zinc rot would have taken over a long time ago if it was in fact the zinc core showing.

    As for acid I think any used to remove the plating would have destroyed the zinc surface and details. That zinc crap rots in the open air, acid is a heck of a lot stronger than air, lol.

    I'm thinking it looks like paint too.
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  19. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    Nice Hypothesis, however I tend to disagree probably because I have the coin in hand and can actually inspect the coin more closely vs a image or picture. Paint will chip off if you pick at it long enough. This coin I tried taking my finger nail to see if it could be scratched away, but nothing. I tried running it under water with a very mild soap and still nothing. It's quite puzzling. Thanks for having a look and giving your input!
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  20. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    You are absolutely right, that makes perfectly good sense logically idk!
  21. shilines

    shilines Active Member

    The life span of a nice smooth plating of a Lincoln cent made mostly of zinc that was found in circulation wouldn't be very long at all. The fact that it was minted in 1997 and it's 2021 what is that 14 15 years and survived a acid test and any other experiment and remains in this great condition is still a mystery to me.
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