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Why is the penny made of copper and not silver?

One cent worth of silver would be such a small coin they would all be lost. You would need a pair of tweezers to pick one up. At the current price of silver, 1 cent worth woul (MORE)

Why did they copper and zinc to make the penny why not metal and copper?

The composition of the US penny was changed in the middle of 1982 from 95% copper / 5% zinc to 97.5% zinc / 2.5% copper. With the rising price of copper, the penny was costin (MORE)

What dates were pennies made from copper?

1793-1857 : pure copper 1857-1864 : 88% copper, 12% nickel 1864-1942 and 1944-mid 1982 : 95% copper, 5% tin/zinc 1943 : steel plated with zinc mid 1982-present : zinc (MORE)

What pennies were made of pure copper?

United States large cent coins (1793-1857) were made of pure  copper.    However small cent coins (1856-present) were never made of entirely  pure copper. Their highe (MORE)
In Pennies

Is the Copper Penny Destined Only for Coin Collections?

The first coin ever minted by the United States government was the penny, stamped on 100 percent copper in 1793. Even though the amount of expensive copper in pennies has dwin (MORE)

Everything You Need to Know About the U.S. Copper Penny

Coin collecting can be an exciting and effective investment. Though the U.S. penny has the monetary value of one cent, the penny has a variety of investment benefits. The U.S. (MORE)

Interesting Facts about Zinc

Zinc is the 25th most abundant metal found within the earth. This is a good thing as zinc has widespread uses. The body itself needs a daily amount of zinc or else zinc defici (MORE)
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The Importance of Zinc

Ask anybody about Zinc and you may hear some pretty vague responses. Most people relate Zinc to lifeguard nose protection, a vitamin supplement, or it?s metal coating properti (MORE)

How and when did pennies start being made of zinc and copper instead of just copper?

It turns out that the solid copper U.S. cent was minted from 1793 to 1837. After that, it was "mostly" copper, and the other metals included in the alloy varied a bit from tim (MORE)

How do you tell the difference between a copper penny and a copper-plated zinc penny?

Well, there are two ways. You could scratch it or melt it over a  flame to check composition. Or, you could check the date.    The first US penny was minted in 1793 an (MORE)

Why are pennies made with copper shells?

They aren't anymore. "Shell-case" cents were only made in 1944 and 1945 when the government had to dispose of huge numbers of casings that had been used for ammunition in WW2 (MORE)

How do you tell if a penny is made of copper?

Assuming you mean a US cent, in general if its date is 1981 or older, it is predominantly copper. The major exception would be 1943 cents that were made of zinc-plated steel d (MORE)