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1983 to date the percentage of copper is .025%

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Is the ratio of copper to zinc in the pennies made after 1982 higher or lower than the ratio of copper to zinc in the pennies made before 1982?

The pre-1982 pennies are 95% copper and 5% zinc. Post-1982 cents are 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper.

Are us penney coins pure copper?

No, pre-1982 pennies are 95% copper and post-1982 pennies are made out of mostly zinc with a thing copper coating

What are 2004 pennies made of?

Pennies produced in 2004 were made from copper-plated zinc. Pennies with 95% copper metal have not been produced since 1982.

Is a US penny copper?

Pre-1982 pennies are made of bronze, which is 95% copper plus 5% tin and/or zinc. Post-1982 pennies are zinc with a thin coating of copper.

What pennys are copper?

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.

Were 1950's pennies made of cooper?

Pennies from 1982 and before were all copper

What element is in pennies?

Currently pennies are made of copper-clad zinc since 1982. Before that, the pennies were made of pure copper. The government switched from using mostly copper element because of the high cost.

Can you sell pennies as copper scrap?

It is illegal to melt down pennies or nickels at this time. Currently the penny is only made of 2.5% copper with the rest zinc. However, prior to 1982 pennies were predominately made of copper. A pre-1982 penny is currently worth about 2 cents.

What are new pennies made of?

Since 1982, US pennies have been made of zinc with a thin copper coating. The specific percentages are 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper.

Why are pennies from pre-1982 and from 1982 made of different material?

US pennies switched from copper to zinc due to the rising price of copper. Zinc is much less expensive.

What is a penny made out of?

A u.s penny is made of copper <><><> New (1982 and later) US pennies are copper plated zinc.

Is there such thing as an all copper penny?

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

What is a 2006 penny made of?

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

What were pennies made of after 1983?

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.

When did they stop making pure copper pennies?

Pennies were never PURE copper. Those made before 1982 were 95% copper with 5% zinc (or zinc with tin in older ones).

What is a copper penny?

U.S. cents made before mid-1982, and British pennies made before 1993, were struck in a bronze alloy that was mostly copper. Some very early cents and pennies were struck in pure copper. Modern U.S. cents are made from copper-plated zinc, and British pennies are made of copper-plated steel.

What are todays pennies mostly made from?

1982 to date are 99.2% zinc & 0.8% copper

How much does a copper penny weight?

Pre-1982 copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams. Pennies made since then are mostly zinc and weigh 2.5 grams.


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What was the year pennies were made of pure copper?

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

Why do some Canadian pennies magnet and others not?

Pennies Older than 1996 are made of a high percentage of copper which is not magnetic, Pennies after 1996 are made of Zinc and or Steel with copper plating .. the Zinc/steel is magnetic and will stick to a magnet

What are pennies made of?

Pennies are made of Zinc and Copper

Post 1982 pennies were made of what type of metal?

Zinc with a thin outer layering of copper

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