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I have a 1945 (steel?) Penny with a ring around it. Wrong blank? It is shiny like nickel. It has no mint mark just the date. It is my understanding that steel penny's were not minted in 45. Can you tell me anything about it? I can send pictures if that will help. Thank you. Kevin

Hi Kevin,

Without first-hand examination, I have to believe it's just plated (silver/zinc/nickel?).  It's impossible for it to have come from the mint.  While there were a few 1944 steel pennies found, all the steel blanks were long gone before any 1945 pennies were minted.

Have you tried sticking it to a magnet?  If it doesn't stick, it's not steel.

I hope this helps,


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