Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1983 D copper penny


iv found a 1983D penny the weight is 2.3grams so iv done the drop test a good few times and it has the high pitch ringing sound and not the dull sound of zink pennys, iv looked at it with a magnifying glass and it looks copper not the way the new pennys look, the front and back are stamped very good  so its not worn down, could this be possiable maybe a under weight planchet that is copper? any help be great thank you

Hi Sandra,

Anything is possible, but in order for it to be a copper planchet, at 2.3 grams, it would have to be only 3/4 as thick as a pre-1982 penny -- a noticeable size difference.

Try making some calls to local coin shops, jewelers, pawn shops, or gold buying places, to see if they have one of those x-ray metal analyzers -- then you'll be able to tell exactly what it's made of.

Good luck,


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