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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.

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Prior to 2001 pennies were made from copper, or a copper-nickel alloy; since 2001 they have been made of copper plated steel.


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


US "pennies" (cents) are made of 97.5% zinc plated with 2.5% copper Canadian and European cents as well as British pennies are made of copper-plated steel.


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


mostly made out of copper


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


Any Canadian cent dated up through 1996 is primarily copper.


Pennies are made of Zinc and Copper


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Older pennies were made of copper. Newer ones are made of zinc coated with copper.


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.


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


Older pennies were made from about 97% copper and 3% zinc. Today, pennies are made from about 97% zinc and 3% copper.


Copper is one of the most malleable substances. An example of how malleable copper is is the penny, which is made out of it. And pennies last almost forever x


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.


Pennies were made of copper


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


"Pennies" - US and Canadian cents, British pennies, and EU 1 e-cent pieces - are made of different metals but all are copper plated so they have the traditional copper color associated with the denomination.


Pennies today are made of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper.


pennies these days are not completely made of copper they are just dipped in copper giving them that finished look


No. Pennies were made of copper (Now US pennies are made of copper plated zinc) Magnets are made of iron or other ferro-magnetic metals.


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.


Zinc is used for Canadian nickels and the cores of Canadian pennies (i dont know about the US). Pennies are made from Zinc cores and coated with copper. Its cheaper than making pennies out of copper. (They used to make pennies out of copper, but they stopped because people would get pennies and melt them down and sell the copper for profit :D ) -Besides being used as a filler metal, zinc is widely used in corrosion management. It is used in paint, to coat metals, and as anodes on the bottom of boats. It also is used in vitamins.


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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