The real reason for the goldish coloring?

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by Walter Marx, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Walter Marx

    Walter Marx Active Member

    MVIMG_20190718_154136.jpg MVIMG_20190718_154136.jpg MVIMG_20190718_154209.jpg Every so often I see where someone as a question about a goldish colored penny usually from 1944 45. I've seen a couple answers to questions about the pennies. I've heard that they are a different metal composition with high level of zinc, and then I've heard they are a solid zinc planchette which is plated in copper, those are the two reasonings I hear the most it's been awhile since I've seen someone ask. I got a few of these, all 1944 Philadelphia cents, maybe a 45 as well but predominantly 1944. Can anyone give an accurate answer as to the true reason for the color.
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  3. Fred Weinberg

    Fred Weinberg Well-Known Member

    As per the Red Book (Guide Book of US Coins)

    1944-1946 Compositon .950 copper .050 zinc

    1947-1958 Compostiion .950 copper .050 tin and zinc

    I think that's your answer.
  4. Walter Marx

    Walter Marx Active Member

    Still didn't explain why it took the color it shows, but good info, thanks Fred! Does the Redbook mention anything about the color issue? Could it just be some unexplained mediocre phenomenal?
  5. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    1944-46 are brass. 1947-58 are bronze. As Fred said. They tone differently. No magic
  6. Walter Marx

    Walter Marx Active Member

    I see , I missed the part with him mentioning the brass and bronze part, still pretty green I know the mettalic make up of the pennies and the metals. Armed with knowledge and to many people to aim it at. Thanks again, ¡take care!
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