lincoln cent brass plated strikes

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  1. survivor

    survivor New Member

    I just found a few hundred of these all 1997 D in some bank rolls I was searching, I noticed they are golden in color not rosy red and was wondering if they may have been struck on a brass plated planchet?

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    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    They are normal coins that have not toned yet.
  4. survivor

    survivor New Member

    I took another pic

    Here is another pic with a red and a gold.

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  5. survivor

    survivor New Member

    Imformation I found on brass plated strikes.

    1983 "Brass Plated Strikes" 1c 1983 cents struck on "brass plated planchets" were confirmed by the Mint officials and that information published in Coin World's, May 23, 1983 Collector's Clearinghouse written by Marilyn Van Allen).

    There were also brass plated strikes from these years,

    1985 D
    1997 D
  6. survivor

    survivor New Member

    here is a better picture

    Here is a much better picture with my digital camera, using the scanner does not show the brass color.

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  7. Aidan Work

    Aidan Work New Member

    Well,Krause & other catalogues should be listing the brass-plated strikes as a separate subtype.

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    survivor -

    I am aware of the brass planchet cents you mention although I have never personally seen one. But the cent you posted the pic of - I have a dozen or so of the very same color in my loose change jar. To me - it just looks like a normal, new cent. With new cents, some of them have the darker, more reddish color - some of them have the gold color like yours.

    Now your coin may indeed be a brass planchet - but based on the pic and the color alone I do not think so. Have you weighed the coin ? Perhaps that would provide additional info.
  9. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The brass plated cents were created when zinc planchets got stuck in the plating barrel they would dissolve and contaminat the plating solution. Then when later batches of blanks were plated instead of being plated with pure copper, they got a mixture of copper and zinc. In other words Brass. And they aren't a true mint error because the mint doesn't make the planchets, and the "brass" plating composition varies all over the place. And since the solution starts becoming contaminated with the very first batch of blanks plated you could say that ALL of the plated cents are brass plated with the composition of the brass on every batch being different.
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