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The last copper (actually bronze) U.S. cents were struck in mid-1982. Coins from that year exist in both bronze and copper-plated zinc varieties.

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1860 The last copper pennies were made in England, and the same year the first bronze pennies were made.


Pennies were made out of pure copper from 1793-1857. Today, pennies are mostly made of zinc but coated with copper.


The last year for copper US pennies was 1982.


The last year for copper Canadian pennies was 1996.


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


The switch was made in 1982. Some pennies that year are copper, and others are zinc. If you can't tell the difference, then use 1981 for the last year.


Pennies are made of zinc and other alloys with a copper coating, pennies made before 1964(or around this year) they were made of just copper. What you see on a penny is not rust but corrosion of the copper coating.


There are no exact records of the number of copper pennies made in 1943. It was about 40. Most pennies that year were made of steel.


All of them were supposed to be made of steel, however there were a few copper coins accidentally struck that year. Its extremely rare to come across copper pennies from that year.


American pennies have been copper in every year except 1943, when copper was scarce and pennies were made of steel. These days, pennies are more zinc than copper.


1982 was the last year for 95%-copper pennies. And the first year for the zinc pennies. They made both types that year, and the only way to tell them apart is by weight -- the zinc pennies are lighter.Answer100% copper pennies were last minted by the US in 1857. These were large cents, about the size of the "golden" dollar coins. The Flying Eagle and Indian Cents from 1856 to 1864 were 88% copper and 12% nickel. Beginning in 1864 Indian Cents, and later Lincoln Cents, were minted in 95% copper and 5% tin, technically this is bronze. AnswerAnother way to tell the copper penny from the copper coated zinc penny is when a penny is dropped on a hard surface the copper penny will have a ringing sound, the zinc penny will not ring.


The materials used to mint pennies has changed. Originally, pennies were made of almost pure copper. Today, British pennies are made of nickel/steel blanks coated in copper, and US "pennies" (actually cents) are made of zinc blanks coated in copper.


The last year wheat cents were made was in 1958.


Canadian pennies were made of copper until 1996. From 1997 to 1999 the composition was changed to copper-plated zinc, similar to American cents issued since 1982. In 2000 the composition was changed again, this time to a combination of steel, nickel, and zinc with a copper plating.


All US pennies made before 1982 are copper, along with some made in 1982 that are copper, however, copper-coated zinc pennies were also used during that year making identification by weighing necessary.


Starting mid-year in 1982, pennies were made with a zinc core and copper plating. This would give them a 97.5% zinc content and 2.5% copper content.


Simple answer: 1958 was the last year for Bronze Lincoln cents. From 1959 to 1982 they are a Copper-Alloy. From 1982 to 2012 they are copper plated Zinc.


Solid copper pennies were last minted in 1857 and were much larger than today's penny. Pennies were made mostly of copper until mid-1982, when the composition was changed to 97.5% zinc with a plating of 2.5% copper. The only exception was in 1943 when wartime copper shortages forced the Mint to make pennies out of scrap steel. Bronze cents were resumed the next year, 1944.


These pennies are called "Wheat Pennies". They were last made in 1958.



Lincoln cents still have copper in them, but it's a very small amount only .025 copper & .975 zinc. 1981 is the last year all Lincoln cents were made of mostly copper (.950 & .050 zinc) and then in 1982 the Mint issued Lincoln cents made from both compositions. The copper coins weigh 3.11 grams. The zinc coins weigh 2.5 grams.


A 1983 Lincoln cent is actually copper plated zinc, 1982 was the last year for copper pennies. It's just a penny.


Canadian cents were made of bronze (98% copper) until 1996. From 1997 to 1999 they were struck in copper-plated zinc similar to the composition of the US cent post-1982. Starting in 2000 Canadian pennies were composed of 94% steel, 1.5% nickel, 4.5% copper plating but zinc cents were also produced every year except 2008. Canada discontinued the 1¢ piece in 2012.


1981 was both the last full year that 95%-copper cents were minted and the highest-mintage year for that metal composition. Almost 13 billion were struck. More cents have been struck in other years (1994, for instance) but those coins aren't copper, only copper-plated zinc.


All 1944 pennies are copper. There are, however, a few steel pennies that were made in 1944, these though are exceedingly rare. The only year for zinc-coated steel pennies was 1943 and pennies didn't start becoming copper-coated zinc until 1982.



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