True 1944 Steel Cent or just another replica.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Rbiii0909, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Rbiii0909

    Rbiii0909 New Member

    I've read many threads on replicas of the 1944 steel cent, so I'm just going to first assume that I'm not holding a super rare coin. This coin is magnetic with an odd patina, but has a silver color on edges of coin and in somes breaks of the patina coloring. I'm stumped.

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  3. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    Likely just environmental toning. Who could say where this has been before you found it.
  4. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    That last 4 doesn't look like the other 4.
  5. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    It looks like a copper cent to me.

  6. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    How much does it weigh? It looks like a very old fake plated coin.
  7. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Standard question, how magnetic is it? Does it JUMP to the magnet from a half inch away and hold tight, or does a magnet just pick it up and it is easy to pull away.
  8. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    The weight is the best factor..
    Do you have a gram scale?
    3.11 grams is copper
    2.8 grams is steel
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  9. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    2.7 grams for the 1943 steel cent.
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  10. Shrews1994

    Shrews1994 Collecting is my passion.

    If anything it has probably been dipped. Just weigh it. And you'll know. Like others said it probably is environmental toning.
  11. Rbiii0909

    Rbiii0909 New Member

    It does “jump” to the magnet from 1/2 inch away. It’s weight is 3.03.
  12. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    From the weight it ain't steel.
  13. Prez2

    Prez2 Well-Known Member

    Odd color. Odd weight. Magnetic. Not likely to be anything valuable I don't think.
  14. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    Weight is .08 grams low for copper and .33 grams high for steel cent.
    If is tin plated it would attract to a magnet.
  15. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    The fact it jumps to the magnet is a good indication. A plated cent would not jump. Sounds like it is worthy of more investigation. Next step would be either a specifiic gravity test or an XRF gun, preferably both.

    A replica is still a possibiity though.

    A tin plating would not be magnetic. A nickel plating would be, but a nickel plating would not make the cent jump. There just isn't normally enough material in a plating for the magnet to "grab" and pull that strongly.
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