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Anyone know the value of a 1963 steel? penny...

Hi, my daughter found a 1963 penny which appears to be steel or silver. We're not really coin collectors and were wondering about its value. There's no mint mark below the date. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks much.

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    why all italices? The cent is probably plated. Not worth much. Sorry.
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    mozeppamozeppa Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭
    welcome newby!

    its probably plated....on rare occasion they were struck on a dime planchet...(very rare...and valueable!)
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    Can you put a pic up?
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    DorkGirlDorkGirl Posts: 9,994 ✭✭✭
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    wam98wam98 Posts: 2,685
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    Welcome! Steel is magnetic.image
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    nankrautnankraut Posts: 4,565 ✭✭✭
    Welcome to the forum. Regarding your penny, It's possible that it wasn't copper plated before striking, as it was supposed to be. Since 1982, the cent core is zinc, you know, which is a "steel" color. A picture would really help.

    Edited: whoops! I didn't read your message closely enough; you say it's a 1963; so disregard my comments.
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    ms70ms70 Posts: 13,946 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It may have been plated with something such as mercury. It was apparently a common school science project back then.

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    Hope this scanned photo goes through... we checked and the penny is not magnetic nor is it the same size as a dime, so I guess that it's just one that never received its coating.
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    TootawlTootawl Posts: 5,877 ✭✭✭
    Here ya go:

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    Thanks!
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    astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Is that a cent "cleaned" with mercury? It's been a long time since I have seen one . . .

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    Could be... never knew that mercury was used in that manner. Do you know why this was done? Just curious...
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    << <i>It may have been plated with something such as mercury. It was apparently a common school science project back then. >>

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    nwcsnwcs Posts: 13,387 ✭✭✭
    Definitely a post mint alteration. The mint didn't start releasing copper plated zinc cents to circulation until 1982. The mercury dipping was a common science experiment, though we didn't do that when I was growing up. But I think my brother did.
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    ShamikaShamika Posts: 18,760 ✭✭✭✭
    Actually, the coin appears to be nickel plated. It's a common experiment in freshman chemistry classes around the country.

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    In my junior year chemistry class in high school we heated a copper penny in a solution of powdered zinc and concentrated sodium hydroxide. The results was a silver/steel colored penny. We would then heat the penny in a strong flame and it would turn brassy in color and look like gold. Chances are, it's a penny plated in zinc or some other dirt cheap metal like tin. If it is a mercury dipped penny, then I would strongly advise against touching it too much as mercury is a nasty little element. If you heat the penny and you see little drips starting to come off of it, then it was mercury dipped.
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    I have a 1963 penny that’s silver in color and shiny. Is it more than likely the result of a science project? Also would the weight of the coin say anything about what it’s made of? It looks like copper may be underneath from the way a small spot on the rim looks but I can’t be for certain . Can anyone tell me anything about this coin? I would appreciate it
    Thank you, Nancy

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    JBKJBK Posts: 14,788 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Nancy said:
    I have a 1963 penny that’s silver in color and shiny. Is it more than likely the result of a science project? Also would the weight of the coin say anything about what it’s made of? It looks like copper may be underneath from the way a small spot on the rim looks but I can’t be for certain . Can anyone tell me anything about this coin? I would appreciate it
    Thank you, Nancy

    Hello.

    You should ideally start a new thread rather than resurrect a 16 year old one. But in any case it shows you were trying to do your research.

    Your coin is almost certainly plated but pictures and weight would help confirm.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Nancy...Welcome aboard. Your cent is likely plated with mercury, or other element - even silver plating. Pictures would be good... but also weigh the coin and let us know. Cheers, RickO

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    MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,219 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Need pictures

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    gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,428 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Plated most likely. Weight would still be within tolerance so that wouldn't help. Pictures would.

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    Anyone know the value of a 1963 steel penny? It is steel as it is able to be picked up with a magnet.

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    coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,771 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 27, 2023 6:14PM

    @Jdavis1102 said:
    Anyone know the value of a 1963 steel penny? It is steel as it is able to be picked up with a magnet.

    Unfortunately you do not have a steel cent. As was the case with all the previous coins in this thread, your coin has been plated, coins with a nickel plating will react to a magnet.

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    FrazFraz Posts: 1,864 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I made those with the mercury from a Nu-Grape thermometer.

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    CoinHoarderCoinHoarder Posts: 2,471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Jdavis1102 said:
    Anyone know the value of a 1963 steel penny? It is steel as it is able to be picked up with a magnet.

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    MrBlusterMrBluster Posts: 320 ✭✭✭

    @astrorat said:
    Is that a cent "cleaned" with mercury? It's been a long time since I have seen one . . .

    Lane

    That’s what I thought.

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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Does it look like this?
    Could be worth millions….!!!

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