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Almost. Cents made from 1864 to 1942 and from 1944 to mid-1982 were made of approximately 95% copper and 5% other metals, mainly tin and/or zinc. 1943 cents were of course made of steel due to WW2 metal needs.

To find a pure copper cent you'd have to go back to the days of Large Cents, before 1857.

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Q: Is a penny made before 1982 made of pure copper?
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Is there such thing as an all copper penny?

No. Pennies made before 1982 were 95% copper, with 5% zinc.


How does one find out if a penny is made of copper or zinc?

You can tell if a penny is made out of zinc or copper by the date on the penny. If the date is before 1982 then the penny is 95% copper. Pennies dated 1983 or later are 97.5% zinc with a thin copper coating.


When did the copper content change in pennies?

1982. before that, a penny was made up by 95% copper (Cu) and 5% zinc (Zn) and/or tin (Sn). A penny made after mid-1982 is 2.5% Cu and 97.5% Zn!


What is a post 1982 penny made of?

Copper coated zinc


What is the US penny made of?

Since 1982, it's been made of 97.5% zinc with 2.5% copper for plating. Before that, it was 95% copper mixed with 5% zinc.


Is the penny made of copper?

No not anymore starting in 1982 Lincoln cents are made of 97.5% ZINC and 2.5% copper


How much of a penny's weight is copper?

If the penny was made pre-1982, it weighs 3.11 gm and is made of bronze containing 95% copper. That means it contains 0.95 * 3.11 = 2.955 gm of pure copper. If the penny was made post-1982, the penny will weigh 2.5 gm and be made of 97.5% zinc with a coating of copper, so it only contains 0.025 * 2.5 = 0.0625 gm of pure copper.


What is a 2006 penny made of?

All pennies minted after 1982 are made of copper plated zinc.


What is the metallic composition of a penny?

The metal composition of penny coins made after 1982 is 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper. The first penny coins, from 1793 to 1837, were made from pure copper.


How can you tell if a penny is copper?

Before 1982, all US 1 cent coins were copper (except steel cents made in WW 2) and a very rare 1974 aluminum penny. After 1982, US 1 cent coins are copper plated zinc. What about 1982- they had both that year? Weigh your coin- if it weighs 3.11 grams, it is copper. If it is 2.5 grams, it is plated zinc.


What percentage of copper is a penny post 1982 but before this new zinc one?

The switch to zinc was made over the course of 1982, so there's no third variety in the middle.


What value is the copper in an old penny?

Pre 1982 and some 1982 cent coins are mostly copper. Copper is a commodity traded on a daily basis si the actual price changes daily. An old copper penny has about 3 cents of copper in it, but before you rush down to melt all those copper cents you need to know that congress by law has made it isillegalto do so.