1953 steel penny?
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I recently purchased several rolls of pennies and came across a 1953 penny that appeared to be steel. It is not attracted to a magnet, but doesn't appear to be painted either. There are some scratches on the field of the coin, and no copper is visible.

I also found a 1973 penny that has the appearence of a gold coin. Since I am new to the hobby, I would appreciate any feedback on either coin. Thanks in advance.

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There weren't any foreign brass coins that would have worked for a cent made in 1973. There was the Philippines 5 centimos in Denver in 1972 and then same in both SF and Denver in 1974. The planchets were 2.50 grams.

 

See if you can get the coin weighed accurately first. Maybe the coin shop or a local jeweler will have a scale and do this for you.

 

Also, does your coin have a S or D mintmark below the date?

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I think that was 1942. edit Lots of interesting stuff.

That one has the same portrait as one of my currently most wanted coins, the Colombia two centavos 1920-38. It may be easier to find the pattern than one of them in unc. wink.gif

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There is no mint mark. What will the weight tell me?

 

It'll help narrow down the possibilities. If it was 2.5 grams, then the chances would be good for being struck on a foreign planchet. If it's 3.11 grams or a little over, chances are good that it's been messed with.

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Ken Potter sells brass pennies on his web site( go to CONECA web site and get links or use the one below) and in ads in either coin world or numismatic news . It is just a case of where the mixture of copper and other metals did not mix properly and ya end up with a mostly brass planchete. Nothing rare or major , price-wise , mostly an oddity .

....just be sure it is not a case where someone took an old '73 cent and wiped it down with Brasso cleaner ....way too much ammonia in that stuff.

 

Direct linky to Koin pro site :

 

http://koinpro.tripod.com/ErrorVarietyList.htm

 

Check out the 1983 brass cent , could not find one listed for 1973 , but that does not mean you can't find one , only that he does not have one listed for sale right now.

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Thanks to all, I appreciate the information. I guess I need to invest in a good camera to provide photos! I have read several posts and have found the information facinating. I look forward to reading additional posts as I wind my way through this maze called coin collecting. Thanks again.

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Ken Potter sells brass pennies on his web site( go to CONECA web site and get links or use the one below) and in ads in either coin world or numismatic news . It is just a case of where the mixture of copper and other metals did not mix properly and ya end up with a mostly brass planchete. Nothing rare or major , price-wise , mostly an oddity .

....just be sure it is not a case where someone took an old '73 cent and wiped it down with Brasso cleaner ....way too much ammonia in that stuff.

 

Direct linky to Koin pro site :

 

http://koinpro.tripod.com/ErrorVarietyList.htm

 

Check out the 1983 brass cent , could not find one listed for 1973 , but that does not mean you can't find one , only that he does not have one listed for sale right now.

 

Those are all due to an error in the plating process on 1982 and later cents. It wouldn't be a consideration on a 1973 cent.

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This is a old topic i see 2006 but i also found a 1953 penny looks like partial steel it weighs 3.05 grams i completely sticks to a magnet

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