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1943 Steal pennies Stop Rust, protect

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Rust or corrosion is a problem with coins having a high iron content such as the 1943 steel cents. The zinc coating helps reduce the rate of corrosion. If the corrosion is appearing quickly it is possible that the coins you are asking about have been reprocessed. Reprocessed steel cents are circulated corroded pieces that have been replated with zinc in an attempt to make them appear uncirculated.


Regardless of how your coins became corroded, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the damage. First, store your coins in a cool dry place place. Use airtight holders that are free of contaminating residues such as PVC. The two simple measures will help reduce the amount of corrosion on any coin, not just steel cents.


Chris, NCS

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