Coin and Paper Money Collecting/2002 unplated penny


my son found a 2002 penny and it is silver coloring could it be valuable

Hi Christina,

The Mint buys its penny blanks from an outside supplier.  Occasionally the end of the strip that the blanks get cut from, do not get their copper coating on one side or both.  So any blanks cut from that end of the strip will have their zinc core exposed, giving it that silvery color.

These missing clad layer pennies are actually a relatively common mint error. They generally sell for about a dollar or two.

I hope this helps,


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