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The last year for 100% pure copper cents was 1857.


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1983 to date the percentage of copper is .025%

Over a million dollars if it is genuine. However, the vast majority of "copper" 1943 pennies are simply genuine copper pennies of later dates with their date modified to read 1943 or 1943 steel pennies with a thin layer of copper.

Lincoln cents from 1982 to date are 99.2% Zinc & 0.8% copper.

it depends on the date on it

1982 to date are 99.2% zinc & 0.8% copper

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.

I would be impossible to give a value for all copper pennies. The only pennies made of mostly copper are those made before 1983. These have a melt value of 2 cents. To find the value of an individual coin ask another question structuring it like the one below(be sure to fill in the <> with the correct information): What is the value of a <date> <country of origin> <denomination>

Copper pennies are worth at least 2 cents for their copper content. Without knowing details such as the date, mint mark (if applicable), and condition, there is absolutely no way to give a more specific answer.

Over a million dollars if it is genuine. However, there are only a handful of known genuine 1943 copper pennies. Many "copper" 1943 pennies are either genuine 1943 cents dipped in copper to make them appear to be copper (but will still stick to a magnet due to the steel) or other years of wheat pennies with the date altered to make it look like a 1943 penny, however, experienced coin dealers and graders will be able to spot these as altered dates.

A rare date for wheat pennies would be 1909 S VDB.

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Between changing the composition of the US one-cent coin (often referred to as a "penny," even though the word has never appeared on the US coin) and experimenting with the size of the date, there are 7 different types of 1982 pennies: * 1982 copper, small date * 1982-D copper, small date * 1982 copper, large date * 1982-D copper, large date * 1982 copper-plated zinc * 1982-D copper-plated zinc * 1982-S copper proof It's easy to tell between the different mint marks; just look below the date. The plated zinc cents are slightly lighter, and don't give the distinctive "ring" of a copper (actually a copper-zinc alloy) cent. The only way to tell between the date sizes is to study pictures of the two, and notice the distinctions in how they look. Note that there was only one proof type, minted only in San Francisco.

From 1982 to date all Lincoln pennies are copper plated zinc, the 1993-D is just a penny.

All 1942 pennies are copper (it is the 1943 that is steel). It is a common date worth about 3 cents in average circulated condition and up to a few bucks if uncirculated.

So far at least 10, and possibly 12, genuine 1943 copper cents have been authenticated. Because these were struck in error (leftover copper blanks intended for 1942 cents got mixed in with steel blanks being struck with the 1943 date) the exact number is unknown. It's about 99.99999% certain that none are left in circulation.

If it's dated 1864 to 1909 or from 1959 to mid 1982, then it'd be 31100 grams. But beyond that, it depends on the date. Pennies in the United States began minting in 1787, and then were made of solid copper. The Indian Head penny, the coin to follow, was minted from 1859 to 1864 and varied in content of copper from one hundred percent to eighty-eight percent (the additional metal in the coin was zinc). Based on that variance, pennies from the 1800s can be distinguished by weight. Ninety five percent copper pennies weighed 3.1 grams, but the eighty-eight percent copper pennies weighed 4.67 grams. There is some debate as to the make up of the Indian Heads, and whether or not the print on the coin changed before the metals changed, but the history there gets blurry. Later, during the Second World War, pennies were all made of steel and coated in zinc because the copper was being dedicated to war use. These pennies only weighed 2.7 grams. Modern pennies though, which were introduced with the Lincoln Memorial on the back in 1959, weigh 2.5 grams. Although, pennies produced before 1982 actually weigh 3.1 grams. That being said, one hundred dollars in post 1982 pennies weighs 25,000 grams, or 25 kilograms. I got that by multiplying 100 pennies per dollar by 100 dollars, getting 10,00 and multiplying that by 2.5. 1000 grams is a kilogram, giving me 25 kilograms.

Maybe it was treated with a chemical that reacts with copper. The steel pennies were 1943 only.

There were no British pennies minted with that date. If you are referring to a US large cent, please see the Related Question for more information.

That's an incredibly broad question because US cents ("pennies") were made of copper from 1793 to 1857, copper-nickel from 1857 to 1864, and bronze (95% copper) from 1864 to 1942 and 1944 to mid-1982. On top of that they were made at 3 different mints, so there are many hundreds of possibilities to choose from. Please post a new question with the coin's specific date. If you word the question as "What is the value of a (date) US cent?" (where 'date' is the coin's date, obviously) you should be taken to a full answer.

They aren't made from nickel. Past US cents have been made of copper, bronze, or steel. Since 1982 they've been made of copper-plated zinc.True "pennies" from Britain (US coins are actually "cents") are made of copper-plated steel.The only US cents to contain nickel were Flying Eagle and some early-date Indian Head cents; they were 88% copper and 12% nickel.

Copper has been known of from antiquity. Many cultures used copper. Not date can be given.

1995-1996 depending on the exact date of manufacture.

It really depends on the kind of person you are. First off, you need to realize a few things:First, not all pennies are copper, pennies dated before 1982 are all copper, pennies dated 1983 and later are not copper and are only worth half a cent in value. 1982 dated pennies are a mix, some are copper and some are not copper.Secondly, you aren't going to see a huge return, each copper penny is worth about 2 cents or so.Thirdly, a box of pennies ($25 worth) can easily be bought at a bank, they generally average about 25% copper (some areas are more and some are less)Fourth, it is currently illegal to melt down pennies. You can't just take them to the scrap metal dealer. Laws may later be changed, but at this time, you have to sell them to someone who thinks the melt ban will be lifted soon. Because of this, you usually have to discount your coins. Even though they are worth 2 cents, since you can't melt them outright you might have to sell them at 1.5 cents.And lastly, copper pennies are heavy and take up a lot of room for their value.So ask yourself:Do you think that the laws will change in a short period of time to allow you to legally melt your copper to sell it at full price?Are the space costs worth it? Keep in mind that for every $25 (face value) in copper pennies you have, it weighs about 17 pounds.Is it worth the time? You will either have to manually look at every date in a box or invest in a Ryedale or similar sorter (which costs several hundred dollars).If you don't think that the laws will change and its not worth the space and your time, then don't hoard copper pennies. If you think the laws will change or you are ok selling them at a discount and can afford the time and space costs, then it would most likely be beneficial for you.

Pennies today are made of zinc blanks (circles of zinc are punched out of sheets of zinc, like cookies are cut out of a sheet of dough with a cookie cutter). The zinc blanks are then electroplated with copper in plating barrels (we have an article with pictures on line about barrel plating), so the core of the penny is zinc but the skin is copper. After the copper plating, they are stamped with the familiar head of Lincoln and the date, etc. Coins such as pennies have a raised rim (the lip around the penny is thicker than the body of the penny); this is created by rolling the coin through a passage that is slightly smaller than the original size of the blank. The higher edge helps protects the design from excess wear.

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