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

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2007-05-17 21:41:54

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. However, a lot of people create fake 1943

copper coins by re-plating a steel cent with copper. If you

remember back to elementary school science class, copper is not

attracted to a magnet, but steel is. Use a small magnet to test

your coin. AFAIK all genuine copper 1943 cents are accounted for

and in collections somewhere, so if yours appears to be copper I'm

willing to guess it will turn out to be plated, unfortunately.

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