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Colored wheat pennies
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Does anyone know why they paint these red blue or black this one is red  or maybe was done has a novelty?




Edited by Patman54
This 1 has a strange color to haven't figured it out yet
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One cent coins don't get much respect. Your photos are of typically abused, stained, heated coins. No value at all.

However, A century ago the Mint Bureau collaborated with General Electric to experiment with cent planchets that were pre-colored. The goal was to make cents that did not quickly turn mottled brown on use. The cents were called "Calorized" in recognition of pre-strike heating used to color the planchets. The experiments failed because the instant a planchet was struck by the dies, the metal flow destroyed any pre-existing color.

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I did not figure they had any extra value other than being a penny. I was however interested in the history. So thank you for the history lesson. I personally find the history behind things more interesting than the object itself even though having it adds to it.  So again thank you 

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