Silver 1957 Lincoln Cent. Any ideas?

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  1. Sley

    Sley Member

    New member here. I found this in a coin book, that I inherited. 20201124_180630.jpg
     

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  3. Danomite

    Danomite What do you say uh-huh Supporter

    Most likely plated. Can you post a weight? BTW, welcome to CT!
     
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  4. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Yup that was a HS science class experiment if you rub mercury on a copper penny.....yup it turns silver
     
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  5. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard the CT Train. Hope you enjoy the ride.
    Your coin has probably been zinc plated, but still worth $.01.
     
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  6. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Welcome !!
     
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Welcome.
    100% a plated coin.
     
  8. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Its a good thing we can't do any betting here... I see 3 members loosing their milk money...lol

    Hows that song go I've never been wrong...And seldom been right.. :)
     
  9. Sley

    Sley Member

    Thank you, and all I have is a digital food scale.
     
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  10. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Plated/rubbed with mercury. potato/potatoe IMO :)
    My dad used to tell me how they would play with mercury in science class in the 60s. Crazy.
     
  11. Sley

    Sley Member

    It has a very faint goldish tone to it.
     
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  12. Sley

    Sley Member

    Well, my grandparents were avid collectors, starting in the 40's, and they had this one stuck in one of those tri fold books. Hmmmm.
     
  13. Sley

    Sley Member

    That's when people behaved. Lol
     
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  14. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    No hmmm about it. It's not an error or anything. Just a coin that was messed with after it left the mint. I've pulled a handful of plated/otherwise altered cents in my almost 750 boxes of cents searched. Sometimes they escape into the wild.
     
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  15. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    If you believe that...I've got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you ;)
     
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  16. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Furry by chance were you in that Trenton NJ class when Vice President taught a student how to spell potato?
    June 15 1992
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  17. Sley

    Sley Member

    Clipped Jefferson
     

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  18. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    Some coins were plated gold, the minuscule thickness wore off easily.
    I wonder if all people behaved in the manner of your Grandparents.
     
  19. Sley

    Sley Member

    :woot:
     
  20. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    uh...that hasn't happened in quite a while. The experiment is to deposit a thin coating of zinc. After that you can burnish it up for a "silver penny" or heat it up on a hotplate to alloy the zinc and some of the copper to make brass for a "gold penny".
     
  21. Sley

    Sley Member

    I'll keep looking and posting. I'm overwhelmed in coins here, and there has to be something good.
     
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