Coin and Paper Money Collecting/silver penny


I have a 1974 "silver" penny with no mint mark. I've read that it could be silver or aluminum. Can you give me some background on this coin?

Hi Cindy,
Experimental pennies were minted from aluminum, however they were never released.  Hence, they are illegal to own.  I doubt what you have is an aluminum penny.

What is more likely is that a dime blank got mixed into the press when they were striking pennies.

The coin has to be inspected, weighed, etc.

It could also be that it was simply plated to look like silver.

Really no idea without inspecting it.

Joe Hylas
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