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When did pennies stop being all copper?

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Answered 2012-02-19 03:03:00


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

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1857, unless you're referring to Lincoln pennies, which were only 95% copper until 1982 when they were changed to zinc.

Pennies from 1982 and before were all copper

All 1941 pennies are made of bronze which is mostly copper.

Pennies are made up of 97% zinc, and 3% copper. All though this seems unbelievable, it is true. Earlier in History, pennies were made up of jut copper, but that got too expensive, so the U.S government changed the pennies material, to Zinc, and copper.

Well depending if your talking about all the different country's pennies, then Im not sure. But I do know that the pennies made in Canada and the states are. The main metal in these pennies are copper, and copper is worth more then what the penny is worth, so sometime in the near future they will atop making pennies.

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

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.

No, most wheat pennies are made of copper. Only the 1943 pennies were made from zinc coated steel. There were about 40 made from copper in 1943 and they bring up to $82,000 each!

Pennies minted before 1982, which includes all wheat pennies (except in 1943) contain 95% copper and weigh 3.11 grams.

All most none only .008% Copper & .992% Zinc

It depends on the coin. For the decimal pennies (1971 and later) all the ones dated prior to 1992 are 97% copper while ones after 1992 are copper-plated steel. And all old pre-decimal pennies struck from 1860 to 1970 are made out of 95% copper.

1982. Since then pennies have been mostly zinc with just a little copper.As the immediate above statement includes the word copper as part of the answer, which part is, in fact, true, then 1982 is not the answer to the question after all...If the "the(y)" part of the question above refers to the U.S., the U.S. government, or the U.S. Mint, then 1982 was the last mint year for 95% copper cents. Since mid-1982, the newest (current, as of 2012) composition for U.S. one-cent coins ("pennies") has an inner core alloy of 99.2% zinc with 0.8% copper, with the coin balance as an outer plating of pure copper, for a total coin composition of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. These current pennies are commonly called "zinc pennies". The composition of U.S. pennies from mid-1864 to mid-1982 was an alloy of 95% copper with either 5% tin-and-zinc ("bronze" pennies) or 5% zinc ("brass" pennies). Before that, the composition was an alloy of 88% copper with 12% nickel from mid-1857 to mid-1864 (the only time any pennies ever contained nickel), and, initially, from 1793 to mid-1857, the first U.S. pennies were made of pure (100%) copper.Since the first U.S. one-cent coins in 1793, U.S. pennies have always contained at least some copper, except for 1943, when they were made of a low-grade carbon steel and coated with zinc, having a grey color, due to the need for copper and brass during World War II. These are commonly referred to as "steel" pennies (they contain NO copper)...Therefore, the most correct answer to the question is either:(1) "they" (the U.S.) have never stopped making copper pennies, except in 1943; or(2) 1943 is the only year the U.S. stopped making copper pennies, or made pennies with NO copper in them.Hope this helps!

All 1944 pennies are copper. There are, however, a few steel pennies that were made in 1944, these though are exceedingly rare. The only year for zinc-coated steel pennies was 1943 and pennies didn't start becoming copper-coated zinc until 1982.

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

All of them were supposed to be made of steel, however there were a few copper coins accidentally struck that year. Its extremely rare to come across copper pennies from that year.

145 pennies (pre 1982) 181 (1982 and beyond). 1982 and newer pennies contain mostly zinc and pre 1982 pennies are 95% copper. Some 1982 pennies are 95% copper but not all so if you're buying for copper content stick with pre 1982 to be on the safe side. The above mentioned is pennies in a pound. to figure out pennies "in a pound of copper you must multiply "for pre 1982" 145 X 95% "copper content. Since your 5% short of copper per penny you multiply 145 X 5% to get 7.25. Add 145 to 7.25 to get 152.25 pre 1982 pennies in a pound of copper.If you mean how many pennies can you make from one pound of copper the answer is:There is 2,5% copper in the penny (the rest is mostly zinc)so you need 40 pounds of pennies to have one pound of copper.Each penny weighs 0,080 troy ounces40 pounds is 583,33 troy ounces (see why I like the metric system?)583,3 / 0,8 = 7291.66...About 7293 pennies (almost seventy three dollars in pennies)(some will be used and have corroded if that makes a difference... I do not know)

No circulating British coin contains any silver at all.British Pennies have not been made from pure copper since 1860. From 1860 to 1991, British Pennies were made from bronze with a large percentage of copper in the alloy.From 1992 onward, all British Pennies are made from steel with a copper plating.

Anything that sinks in water, has a higher density than water. Remember, not all pennies are pure copper anymore.

Copper was eliminated as the principal metal beginning in 1997. Prior to that Canadian cents were made of an alloy containing anywhere from 95 to 98% copper, with the remainder being tin and zinc. From 1997 to 1999 the coins were made of copper-plated zinc, similar to US cents. In 2000 the composition was changed to an alloy of steel and nickel plated with copper. Canada discontinued all cent production in May 2012.

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

Yes, but not much. All US cents struck since the middle of 1982 are made of zinc, with copper plating so they still look like older pennies. By weight, 97.5% of the coin is zinc and only 2.5% is copper.

Yes. The pure copper rarities are: 1827 pennies (nearly all were shipped to Australia) 1843 pennies 1849 pennies 1856 pennies (with either a PLAIN or ORNAMENTAL trident) 1860 (with the 60 struck over a 59) pennies 1797 pennies and twopences were struck by Matthew Boulton at his Soho Mint in Birmingham. Unless in top grade, they have little value.

"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.

It depends if they are copper (before 1982) or zinc (after 1982). Some 1982 coins are copper and some are zinc so you'd need to weigh them to find out if they are copper or zinc. Zinc pennies weigh 2.5 grams and Copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams.

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