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The 1857 large cents were the last one cent coins made of pure copper. The simple answer is: All Lincoln cents from 1909 to 1981 are mostly copper. 1982 is the year they changed the composition to zinc from copper. 1983 to 2011 Lincoln cents are zinc.

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