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The cent (penny) has been changed many times over the years.

In 1982 it was changed from bronze to copper-plated zinc because the price of copper increased and it cost more than 1 cent to make a penny.

In 1943 cents were made of steel to save copper for use in ammunition.

In 1864 the composition was changed from cupronickel to bronze because nickel is so hard it damaged the coin presses available at the time.

In 1857 the composition was changed from pure copper to cupronickel and the con was reduced in size because it contained more than 1 cent worth of copper.

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