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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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Q: How can you tell if your 1943 penny is copper or steel with zinc plating?
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What is the different between the penny in 1943 and today's penny?

The 1943 US cent was made of steel with a zinc coating to prevent rust and weighed 2.70 grams. The cent of today is composed of 99.2 % zinc and 0.8 copper with a plating of pure copper and weighs 2.5 grams.

What is a 1943 penny nickel mix with copper?

The 1943 Lincoln cent is zinc coated steel not nickel and copper.

1943 pure copper penny does anyone know what it's worth?

-In 1943, pennies were made out of steel instead of copper. A 1943 pure copper penny is a rare mint error, and is worth lots.

How much is 1942 and 1943 copper pennies worth?

A 1942 copper penny is worth between $0.15 and $3.00. If you have a 1943 copper penny it is worth a lot more. In 1943 because of the war and the need for copper pennies in that year were made from steel. Steel pennies from 1943 are worth around $0.30 and $2.50. If you have a real 1943 copper penny take it to a coin shop or dealer and have them check it out to see if it is real.

Why is Lincoln 1943 penny worth more?

The 1943 penny was not made with copper, like all other years. Copper was funneled to the War Department so the 1943 penny was made from steel and other compounds.

Could your steel 1943 penny be plated on top and be original copper?

The original composition is steel not copper, many have been copper plated.

When did copper pennies become magnetic?

The only U.S. coin that is magnetic is the 1943 steel penny. The penny was made out of steel rather than copper because of the shortage of copper for WW2.

What year is the most valuable penny from?

1943. In 1943, to save copper for the war effort pennies were struck in zinc coated steel, however some copper blanks made their way into the press and were struck by accident, there are only a handful of known genuine examples of a copper 1943 penny and they can be worth in excess of 1 million dollars. However, steel 1943 pennies are incredibly common and are worth about 5 cents in circulated condition or a buck or two if uncirculated. An easy way to check if you have a steel or a copper penny is to hold a magnet up to it, the magnet will stick to the steel penny and not the copper penny.

Worth of a 1943 steel copper penny?

There isn't a "steel copper" penny. US cents were made of steel - but no copper - during 1943 to conserve copper for use in ammunition. Up till 1982 other dates of cents were made of a bronze alloy that was 95% copper, but no steel. A few 1943 cents were struck in bronze by accident but these are very rare and none have been found in many years.

Why did the penny turn a silver color?

In 1943 the US Mint briefly replaced the copper penny then in use with a steel penny, due to the wartime copper shortage.

What is a 1943 copper penny worth?

A genuine copper 1943 penny is worth many thousands of dollars. However, most out there are fakes; either copper-coated steel cents, or altered 1948 pennies.

Where can you find information on 1943 zinc-coated steel pennies?

There were over a billion pennies minted in 1943 out of steel coated with zinc. In circulated condition, they'er worth about 5 cents. What you are probably confusing this with is the rare 1943 COPPER penny. A few dozen of these were accidently made in 1943 from old copper blanks. These sell for tens of thousands of dollars. They are also highly counterfeited -- usually by copper plating a steel 1943 cent -- check with a magnet to eliminate 99% of the fakes (a real one will not stick to a magnet).

Is a modern United States penny magnetic?

Neither the original copper or the newer version copper-zinc penny is magnetic. The 1943 steel penny was the only penny effected by a magnet.

Silver 1943 penny?

1943 pennies are not silver. They are zinc coated steel. Copper was saved for war effort.

What is the value of a 1943 penny?

it is not rare enough to have any value [will have value in about 3 years]

How much money is the most expensive penny worth?

1.7 Million dollars, that was what a collector recently paid for a 1943 copper penny made at the Denver mint, the only known 1943 copper penny struck there (keep in mind that the 1943 pennies were struck in steel, the copper 1943 pennies are errors).

How do you tell if a 1943 steel penny is real or fake?

The 1943 steel cent is so common and low in value that no one bothers making fakes. It's the COPPER '43 that has fakes out there. A genuine steel penny is magnetic.

1943 copper wheatback penny with no mint mark what is it worth?

you have a 1943 penny that looks like it is made out of copper, this is how you can authenticate it to tell if it is a genuine 1943 copper penny, or a fake 1943 copper penny. But first of all, be aware that the 1943 penny was issued in zinc-coated steel, because the USA needed copper for the war effort. Any genuine 1943 copper pennies are extremely rare mint errors. Learn more about your silver colored 1943 Steel Penny. The easiest way to tell if your 1943 copper cent is merely a copper-plated steel penny is to test it with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the penny, it's made of steel which has been dipped or plated in copper. Such a penny is worth about 15 cents as a novelty item. If your 1943 copper colored penny doesn't stick to a magnet, then look at the date carefully (using a magnifying glass, if possible.) If the tail of the 3 doesn't extend well below the "line" of numbers, it is probably a cut-in-half 8. A very common fraud involving the copper 1943 cent is to cut away part of the 8 in the date of a 1948 penny. If the 3 in your date looks like half of an 8, your coin is not a genuine 1943 copper penny. Any time you have a potentially valuable coin, it's always a good idea to take it to a qualified coin dealer for a professional opinion. Most dealers do not charge to have a look at your coins and give you an informal verbal appraisal. More Coins Quick Tips Coin Values Guide

If you have a 1943 copper penny who do you contact to find out about it?

Take it to a coin shop and there are books showing coins and their value.

What are the two elements in a penny?

With the exception of cents struck in 1943 and 1944, modern cents were composed of copper zinc and tin. In 1982 it was changed to zinc with a plating of copper.

What is a 1943 Silver Wheat Penny?

The 1943 silver wheat penny is made of steel coated with zinc. During World War 2, every bit of copper was needed to make shell casings. Therefore the penny was made out of steel during 1943 so all sources of copper could be used for the shell casings.

How much is a 1983 steel penny worth?

The only steel pennies were made in 1943 to save copper for the war effort.

How do you know if your 1944 wheat penny is steel?

Test it with a magnet. 1943 steel cents are magnetic. 1944 copper cents are not.

What year wheat penny is worth 30000?

The most valuable ones are the 1943 copper penny, and the even more rare 1944 steel penny.

Value of a 1943 steel penny no mint mark penny?

A 1943 steel penny with no mintmark can be worth $.35 - $1.50