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What were pennies made of before 1983?


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Answered 2008-02-13 04:13:26

An alloy of 95% copper, 5% zinc. The change to copper-plated zinc took place in mid 1982.

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Today's pennies (since 1983) are almost entirely zinc, with a thin outer layer of coppper Pennies from before 1982 are 95% copper and 5% zinc, and before 1962 they mixed tin with the zinc. Both mixes were used in 1982.


What were pennies made of after 1983?

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How does pennies get rusted?

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What were pennies made out of after 1983?

1983 and later - copper plated zinc. Some 1982 coins were all copper and some copper plated zinc.



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.


Do you have a list of the worth of copper pennies?

I would be impossible to give a value for all copper pennies. The only pennies made of mostly copper are those made before 1983. These have a melt value of 2 cents. To find the value of an individual coin ask another question structuring it like the one below(be sure to fill in the <> with the correct information): What is the value of a <date> <country of origin> <denomination>


What are pennies made of?

Pennies are made of Zinc and Copper


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.


How much is 50 lbs of 1983 pennies worth?

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Pennies?

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How much is a 1983 steel penny worth?

The only steel pennies were made in 1943 to save copper for the war effort.


Where are pennies made?

Pennies are made mostly in Philadelphia and Denver. The process of making pennies is called minting.


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

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