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

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Traditionally, the US penny (or, more properly, the US one cent coin) has been made of copper or copper with a small amount of zinc (except in 1943, when it was made of steel with a zinc coating). During 1982, as the price of copper meant that the "melt value" of the coin was more than one cent (that is, it had more than one cent's worth of copper), the decision was taken to produce the penny out of a cheaper metal - zinc. A coating of pure copper (equal to 2.5% of the total composition of the penny) was added so as not to change the appearance of the penny.
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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

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

Are pennies made of mostly copper or zinc?

pennies are made of mostly zinc but have some copper in them    MoreThe composition of US cents was changed from bronze in mid-1982. The coins now have a zinc core plated

How can you tell if your penny is made out of copper?

Get it to rust: Green rust: copper, red rust: iron, no rust: silver.   Not exactly US cents don't rust (except for 1943 ones). "Copper" pennies are made of bronze which ox

What is a 2000 zinc penny worth without the copper?

Zinc pennies are only worth 1 cent. Their metallic value is about half of a cent, so it is worth more to spend it with the face value than trying to sell it for the metal valu

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

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

How can you tell if your 1943 penny is copper or steel with zinc plating?

  Answer     If the coin has not been re-plated, the difference should be obvious to look at. The zinc-coated coins will be grayish in color rather than coppery

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

Alloy made of copper and zinc?

  Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.

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

Why is the Penny made out of copper?

because it not supposed to be a lot of money so instead of making in silver or gold they made it copper!    MoreAt one time coins had to contain their face value in metal

Why is a penny made of zinc?

  In the early 1980s the price of copper increased to the point where a cent contained more than 1 cent worth of metal. The Mint had options of choosing one of several dif

Is penny made out of Zinc?

Because you asked this in the US currency section, I guess you are really talking about the one cent piece. This is sometimes called a penny because it is roughly the same siz