1943 Bronze/Copper plated steel pennies...

1943 Bronze/Copper plated steel pennies...

Post by Jackstra » Wed, 04 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Does anyone have any info on this subject??
 
 
 

1943 Bronze/Copper plated steel pennies...

Post by AnswerMa » Thu, 05 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Thousands of steel cents were commercially copper-plated and sold to
collectors over the years. As altered coins they have no collector value
(over face). They can be readily detected with a magnet.
The genuine rarities are the 1943 cents struck on left-over brass (not
bronze) planchets from 1942. The Mint changed the cent alloy in January
1942, removing all but a trace of tin, making the alloy brass
(copper-zinc). This was announced in a press release, but I believe was
never mentioned in the Mint Director's report. I have a copy of the press
release if anyone has any questions.
Alan Herbert - Contributing Editor - Numismatic News

 
 
 

1943 Bronze/Copper plated steel pennies...

Post by Norman Diamo » Fri, 06 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Does anyone have any info on this subject??

If you want one, take an ordinary 1943 zinc plated steel penny to a
company that bronzes baby shoes and other objects, or buy a plating
kit yourself from Radio Shack or some other store, and put a bronze
plating on your cent.  Be advised not to try passing it off as a
genuine mint error -- that would be fraud and most likely some fraud
artists have gone to jail for doing exactly that.

Now if you have a 1943 solid bronze or copper penny, a genuine mint
error struck on a blank made for a different year, then you're on to
something.  These are valuable.
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