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US Lincoln Cent (penny) No Copper Plating  1982 to Date
US Lincoln Cent (penny) No Copper Plating 1982 to Date

You know it, Jim. But most people do not know it. Since 1982 our US 'copper' pennies have been minted out of zinc, not copper. Why? Because the value of one copper cent is more than one cent.

Some 1982-dated pennies, and *all* post-1982 pennies are made of zinc with a thin coating of copper added.

Drop a pre-82 cent on a hard surface. You hear a pleasant ping. Drop a post-82 cent on a hard surface. You hear a dull thud. Get the difference?!

Sometimes unplated cents are produced by the mint by mistake. These minting errors usually look like the cent in our picture. They are genuine mint errors and sell for $1 US to $10 US dollars or more, depending on overall appeal.

But there are plenty of post-minting ways to get the copper plating off a zinc penny. An acid bath is one. There are several others, including science experiments by kids in school. Cents with plating artificially removed after minting are worth zero.

Don't get these zinc coins confused with 1943 *steel* Lincoln cents. Steelies are appraised on this page.

Coin: 2948 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Jim, Fri, 05-Feb-2010 19:30:54 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 23-Aug-2013 03:06:29 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 12-Aug-2015 13:30:11 GMT
Requester description: 1982 Liberty, In God We Trust, United States of America, One Cent,E Pluribus Unum, 1982 D
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Comments

I know my coin is a penny, but it is so different. Is there a way I can send in a picture? - Daniela
We don't have an image upload capability. If you would like to send pictures of your mystery penny, please start and e-mail exchange by using the 'Contact' button at the top of the home page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1982 lincoin cent with no coating but my cent is the same diameter as a Jefferson nickel
It could be a broadstrike or die cap. See this page [PRESS HERE]. That should be a valuable error coin. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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