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US Coins the last year for a copper (actually bronze) penny is 1982. In 1982 the penny was made as a copper coin and a copper plated zinc coin. You have to weigh them to tell the difference. Bronze cents weigh 3.11 gm and zinc ones weigh 2.5 gm.

The penny has remained a copper plated zinc since 1982 however there is talk of changing it again to a copper plated steel coin. In 1943 the Lincoln US cent was steel coated with zinc because the copper was needed for ammunition during the War. In 1944 it went back the copper coin.

Today the cost of copper is too high to make a solid copper coin/penny. In fact the cost of stamping/minting the coins and raw materials, the penny and nickel cost more to produce than their face value.

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When was the last copper penny?

The last year for copper US pennies was 1982.


Last year of copper penny?

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What is the last year of the copper penny?

The first copper plated zinc (U.S.) cents were struck at the end of 1981 and dated 1982. The mints continued to make some copper (bronze or brass, actually) pennies for a year afterwards, but all pennies dated 1983 or later are made of zinc. The only exception is that some proofs and special commemorative issues are still copper. You can tell the difference by dropping a penny on a hard surface. A copper penny will make a ringing sound, while a zinc one makes a dull click.


Is a penny iron?

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What year was penny changed in amount of copper?

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What elements are in a penny?

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Why was the copper content of a penny changed?

The copper content of a penny was changed because the old copper substance made people have skin irritations and rashes. The new penny does not do that.


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What coin is made out of copper?

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How does one find out if a penny is made of copper or zinc?

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