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Answered 2006-07-09 19:01:45

If it's a 1943 cent, then it's not actually silver, but zinc-plated steel. Mint-state specimens are usually worth a dollar or two on the collector's market. If it's any other date, chances are it is a standard cent plated with silver, nickel, or even Mercury. This was a popular passtime for kids for several years. Such plating, though, destroys most of any collector's value it may have. A mercury coating can be especially nasty, as the mercury bonds very tightly to copper, but still could cause mercury poisoning if swallowed or handled frequently.

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