Weird yellow penny

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by faeylin, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    Hi, I found this forum, looking for info on a weird coin find:
    I found a strange american penny today. It is yellow, very shiny and minty, which is odd since it's dated 1996. I mean, this thing is YELLOW as can be. Anyone ever seen anything like this?
    Thank you.
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  3. Jhonn

    Jhonn Team Awesome

    We would need a photo to tell you anything. However, it's probably either been colored or altered by somebody, or it's just natural toning.
  4. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    I've never seen anything like it. Maybe someone's dipped it in something. I hope you don't go blind looking at the blurry pic!

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  5. YNcoinpro_U.S.

    YNcoinpro_U.S. New Member

    Welcome to the forum faeylin.
  6. Jhonn

    Jhonn Team Awesome

    Possibly brass-plated or gold-plated? A less blurry photo would help, but it's safe to say that your coin has most likely been altered after leaving the mint, making it worth, well, one cent.

    Welcome to the board, though!
  7. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    Thanks! I figure someone had to have messed with it, because how could it be so minty and shiny, being 10 years old! Oh well, I like it anyways, it's neat!
    Thanks for all the help.
  8. huntsman53

    huntsman53 Supporter**


    Welcome to the Coin Talk forums!

    The coin appears to be a Proof Cent! Is it a 1996 Cent with an "S" Mintmark? If so, then this would explain why it is so shiny! Also, the yellowness may be a condition created from the environment that it was previously kept or an improper mix or the Copper coating. However, I have seen quite a few Proof Cents turn a yellowish color with time!

  9. Jhonn

    Jhonn Team Awesome

    Coins can stay pretty shiny for over a hundred years if kept properly! 10 years isn't so long, in that respect. But I suggest also looking for an 'S' below to the date. If so, you do have a proof coin, and it would be worth more than a cent!
  10. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    Darn, there's not an "S", there's a "D" underneath the date. Bah! Oh well. This thing is extremely yellow. It truly is the colour of yellow gold, it's THAT yellow, what a weird thing. I work at an office supply store, and spied it in the cash drawer immediately, it stood out that much. Well, I do have a miss-struck penny that's quite odd
  11. sbell1

    sbell1 New Member

    Seems to be larger in diameter than the first one. The rim even seems larger than the first coin's rim. I'm betting altered also.
  12. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    here's a better picture of it

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  13. USS656

    USS656 Here to Learn Supporter

    take it to a local dealer for an opinion - that's my opinion. Good Luck :)
  14. mrh757

    mrh757 Senior Member

    baked in tin-foil
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  15. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    welcome to the forum, and good luck with your coin finds. Keep looking
  16. mikediamond

    mikediamond Coin Collector

    While your coin could be a "brass plating" error, the color looks exaggerated. It's probably plated. Brassy plating errors occur when the plating solution is contaminated with too many zinc ions. At least that's the story we've inherited.
  17. johndo

    johndo New Member

    I don't know about the different colors, check out Lincoln's nose, it appears that the left pic is rounded off compared the right pic.

  18. hamman88

    hamman88 Spare some change, sir?

    Looks like a brass plating error to me. Worth about $45!
  19. JeromeLS

    JeromeLS Coin Fanatic

    I think it could be an "improved" error, someone has dipped a real error here.
  20. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    I did read about plating errors and such, where some part of the mould or die they use contaminates the coins or something or other(i think that's what I read). I wish I could get a better picture for you; my digital camera is just a cheap one with no optical zoom. JeromeLS, what is an "improved error", that someone has dipped a real error?
  21. faeylin

    faeylin New Member

    Johndo, it's my poor quality scan. The yellow Lincoln's nose is actually the same as a regular Lincoln's nose. And also, when I was looking at the noses, I noticed that on parts of the coin that really stand out in relief, it shows through a tiny bit of silvery colour, as if the yellow has rubbed off these high spots. It's very hard to notice and very slight, but I can see it.
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