Why is the outside surface of a penny made of copper and not zinc?

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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)
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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)

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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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In 1943, the United States Mint made steel pennies rather than copper pennies because the copper was needed for World War II. The so-called "steel" penny is not actually made (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)

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 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)