Coin and Paper Money Collecting/penny


My daughter has a penny that looks like a saucer sled on the head side the color is different it looks silver edges & the place where the head is is darker the tail side is normal copper color with the sheild emblem. I can send a pic if u need to see it.

Hi Corinna,

It sounds like someone has done some grinding or sanding on your coin.  Modern pennies are made almost entirely of zinc (silver colored), with a thin coating of copper on the outside.  So if the pennny gets worn down, the copper coating goes away and the silvery-looking zinc underneath gets exposed.

Not sure exactly how it would have happened, but your coin would be considered altered or damaged, and has no added collector value.

I hope this helps,


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