Strange 1953 Lincoln Wheat Penny

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by JPStunna, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. JPStunna

    JPStunna New Member

    Hello CoinTalk! I have trolled these forums for a couple of days and decided to finally make my first post. I didn't know if this is an error coin so I posted it here. About 8 months ago I was searching through some 1943 Steel Pennies and came across this 1953 Wheat Penny. At first sight, it looked like a high grade Steel Penny due to the color (I'm guessing that's why it was in my Steel Pennies). I looked at the 1953 date and I knew it wasn't a Steel Penny (the sound by dropping it and the feel were dead giveaways as well). I have never seen a Penny like this one before. The composition is definitely copper/zinc/tin (95/5) and it weighs in at 3.2g. I have no clue as to what caused this anomaly. I'm almost certain that the Penny isn't painted because I found a 1941 S Wheat Penny in the same group that was crudely painted silver and it was quite obvious. I have two scans of the coin @850dpi, but they really don't do the coin much justice. There is a high amount of detail on the coin and it is quite shiny but doesn't show up well in my scans (waves in the hair of Lincoln can still be easily seen and on the reverse the wheat leaves are highly detailed as well). I have my assumptions about the coin, but being pretty new to numismatics, I figured I would give CoinTalk a try. I'm hoping this is a mint mistake or some type of toning and not damaged or altered by another person, but it is what it is. Thank you in advance for any information you can provide!

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  3. phdunay

    phdunay Member

    I may have been zinc plated, I have done that to pennies before. It may be missing its copper plating, but that is unlikely since it weighs the correct amount.
  4. jloring

    jloring Senior Citizen

    Lincoln cents weren't copper plated in 1953.. they were bronze (95% copper and 5% tin/zinc); this example has been electroplated with either nickel or zinc, as dicussed many times here on CT. Here's just one thread for reference:

    And welcome to the forum!
  5. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    PMD, not an error.
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  6. dfraser

    dfraser Junior Member

    There have been many numerous kinds of plating done to cents, I recently purchased a 1906 IHC that is beautifully plated, I think in chrome. Interesting piece when you consider someone took the time and made the effort to complete the plating.
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  7. Archetypus

    Archetypus New Member

    I have a 1935 wheat cent that I took into a coin dealer to ask about. It was a bright shiny silver penny. He tested it and it was plated in white gold. He said it was probably for someone's anniversary or birthday or something important. Not worth much, but really cool to say the least.
  8. JPStunna

    JPStunna New Member

    Thanks for the help everyone! Into the collection it least I know how it got that way. Sorry if the question has been answered before, I'll use the search function next time ;).
  9. mokamonkey

    mokamonkey New Member

    hey JPSTUNNA,
  10. Mariolopes

    Mariolopes New Member

    I found a 1953-D it looks silver it's in mint condition but not sure if it's silver or not
  11. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Your Caps Lock is on.
  12. Mariolopes

    Mariolopes New Member

    I found a 1953-D it looks silver it's in mint condition but not sure if it's silver or not
  13. Mariolopes

    Mariolopes New Member

    I found a 1953-D it looks silver it's in mint condition but not sure if it's silver or not
  14. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    The cause of yours is almost certainly the same as was given earlier on this thread; plating. However, if you'd like opinions on your very coin, it would be best to start a new thread, with photos.
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  15. Rhonda215

    Rhonda215 New Member

    I have found one as well. Looks beautiful. Just not sure what to think.
  16. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    There may have been a time when some high school shop classes would teach about electro-plating. It would be natural to use a penny to see how it worked. This is pure speculation, of course.
  17. SupplyCoins

    SupplyCoins New Member

    I have one too. A 1953 d penny that is semi magnetic . I refuse to believe some school science class electroplated all these people's 1953 penny and then distributed all over the USA. I MEAN REALLY? I made a video on YouTube about it.
    Google video "semi magnetic penny could be worth millions"
  18. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    Yes, "really". Think about it... first, you seem to be under the impression one single science class is responsible, when the fact is this is a very common experiment done for many years by classes all over this country. Secondly, and I mean no disrespect, you "refuse to believe" a class responsible, but were willing to make a video openly claiming it "could be worth millions"? Does that really make any sense?
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  19. GaryLomax

    GaryLomax I collect, therefore I am

    I love these silver penny threads. Just when you think they've come to an end, another pops up.
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  20. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Plated - It's a Science Class experiment! :yawn:

    You mentioned in your video that it's not steel plated like the 1943... 1943 Cents are not steel plated, they are steel planchets!
    It your 1953 Cent was steel it would not be semi attracted to a magnetic.. It would completely stick to a magnet!
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
  21. paddyman98

    paddyman98 No Common Cents! Supporter

    Maybe 10 Trillion Dollars.. Zimbabwe!
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