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Midway through 1982, the composition of the US penny changed from 95% copper and 5% zinc to 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper (in the form of a coating of pure copper over a core of zinc).

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Is a penny iron?

no a penny is copper... Actually not since 1982.... In the middle of that year the rising price of copper forced the Mint to change the coin's composition to zinc with a thin copper plating. The copper plating is only 2.5% of the coin's composition.

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A modern penny only has about 2.5% copper and the rest is zinc. Before 1982 pennies were made of 95% copper with the remainder being tin and/or zinc. The Mint changed the composition that year when the price of copper increased to the point that the older coins contained more than one cent's worth of copper.

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When was the last copper penny?

The last year for copper US pennies was 1982.

What is the value of a 1983 US copper penny?

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How much does a 1982 D penny weigh?

1982 is the year the composition was changed from copper to zinc. The copper version weighs 3.1 grams, and the zinc version weighs 2.5 grams.

How much copper is in a penny before 1983 and after 1984?

The transition year was 1982 rather than 1983. Up to mid-1982 cents were made of bronze - 95% copper and 5% tin and/or zinc. In the middle of the year copper prices went up so much that the composition was changed to 97.5% zinc with a 2.5% copper coating.

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What year did they change what they put in pennies?

The U.S. has changed the composition of the cent several times.From 1793-1857 the penny was made of 100% copper.1857-1864 the penny was made of 88% copper and 12% nickel.1864-1942 The penny was bronze being made of 95% copper, and 5% tin and zinc.In 1943 the penny was called the 1943 steel cent because it was made of zinc-coated steel.From 1944-46 the cent was brass and made of 95% copper and 5% zinc.From 1946-1962 the penny was bronze and made of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc.From 1962-1982 the penny was again brass and made of 95% copper and 5% zinc.The most recent change was in mid-1982. The penny is 2.5% copper, being plated in pure copper. The core is made of zinc, 97.5%. The price of copper increased and the penny was cost more to make than it was worth.The penny still costs more to make than it's worth. As of 2010 it costs 1.79 cents to make a single penny.

What year were full copper pennies no longer made?

1982 was the last year for 95%-copper pennies. And the first year for the zinc pennies. They made both types that year, and the only way to tell them apart is by weight -- the zinc pennies are lighter.Answer100% copper pennies were last minted by the US in 1857. These were large cents, about the size of the "golden" dollar coins. The Flying Eagle and Indian Cents from 1856 to 1864 were 88% copper and 12% nickel. Beginning in 1864 Indian Cents, and later Lincoln Cents, were minted in 95% copper and 5% tin, technically this is bronze. AnswerAnother way to tell the copper penny from the copper coated zinc penny is when a penny is dropped on a hard surface the copper penny will have a ringing sound, the zinc penny will not ring.