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Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1978 silver colored penny


I was hoping you might have some history on a coin like this since I had seen that you said you've bought several of them when you answered another post some years ago. Everything I've found so far on the internet thus far hasn't answered anything except that these pennies usually weigh less than a current day penny. The one I have actually weighs about half a gram more. Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

Hi Ray,
Considering you coin is heavier, my guess is that you have a normal Cent that has been electroplated either with silver, or some other "silver" colored element.

An aluminum Cent would weigh less.   I have seen many electroplated cents, it seems that electroplating has become a science experiment in some schools.

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Ex-Head Precious Metals trader for Deak-Perera International with 42 offices worldwide. Industry experience since 1978. Has worked co-operatively with US Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, Austrian Mint, Chamber of Mines of South Africa, World Gold Council and Platinum Guild International. Professioanl numismatist specializing in US Coins. Always buying collections, will travel if size of collection warrants. Website: www.AllCoins.US

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