I found this 1943 steel cent..... but what is up with it?

Discussion in 'Coin Roll Hunting' started by dbeck22, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. dbeck22

    dbeck22 Member

    I found this penny while roll searching. It weighs 2.57 grams and it looks crazy. I used 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part water on the steel cents I found because it makes them look great. They came out looking great except for this one. It has to be made from something else because all the other steel cents cleaned up nicely by letting them soak overnight in the solution.
    It looks like the coin was dipped in something. It's almost like a copper penny dipped in something. But it is magnetic. However, it does feel a little less magnetic than before I let it soak in the solution.
    Look at the picture of it next to the other coin I put in the solution. There were 2 more and they both came out looking nice and clean also.
    What in the world is up with this coin? does anyone know what I have? 20181203_093101.jpg 20181203_093107.jpg 20181203_093148.jpg 20181203_093302.jpg 20181203_093315.jpg 20181203_093347.jpg 20181203_093426.jpg
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  3. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

  4. dbeck22

    dbeck22 Member

    but the coating on it is the silver colored part, the base of the coin looks copper colored....?
  5. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    This member is a serial "next great rarity" finder. Acid etching coins is a bad idea (lemon juice).
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  6. Vince11229

    Vince11229 Active Member

    Rough. Looks like it spent some time in a parking lot. I would print the advertising that Desert sent you and save it with the coin as a curiosity. Cool though.
  7. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    copper plated!
  8. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    But you said it was attracted to a magnet o_O

    As stated.. Plated

    P.S. use lemons only for fish or to spritz your cold water drink! :facepalm:
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  9. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Actually I have used lemon juice on ancient silver and it worked pretty well.
  10. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Yes, I'm blunt! Get over your "feeeeelings".

    Ahh, but how old were the lemons? Like with like.
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  11. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Lemon juice and salt shines up copper jewelry instantly. I had a copper bracelet which was tarnished and followed the instructions I found on the net. It worked EXACTLY as described, but they should have a disclaimer never to use it on coins.
  12. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    There is a recipe for a cocktail mix...
    Cointreau and lemon ;)

    That you can do!
  13. j69

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  14. j69

    j69 Member

    i have a few of the same so i had this cut one sent for metal analysis came back positive for nickle,zinc,and copper
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