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Answered 2007-11-10 16:04:42


All 1983 cents were minted on zinc planchets coated with a thin layer of copper. The last solid copper cents were minted in mid-1982, and there are no reports of any copper blanks accidentally being mixed with the zinc ones in later years.

Bottom line: as far as anyone knows, there was no repetition of the accident that allowed some copper cents to be minted back in 1943.


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