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    Unanswered: 1943 Copper Plated LWC

    Look what I picked up for a nickel, a copper plated steelie. The folks over at Coin Op said plated or rusted. Itís definitely not rust!

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    I know pics can be deceiving, but it doesn't look plated at all to me. I don't see any typical signs of that. Just looks like typical environmental corrosion on a steel plated cent.

    edit: To avoid confusion, I should have said zinc-plated steel cent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willbrooks View Post
    I know pics can be deceiving, but it doesn't look plated at all to me. I don't see any typical signs of that. Just looks like typical environmental corrosion on a steel plated cent.
    ? Looks like copper showing through possible zinc(?) plating to me.
    The second image shows his coin's obverse next to a regular '43 that does have the rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petespockets55 View Post
    ? Looks like copper showing through possible zinc(?) plating to me.
    I don't follow. Are you suggesting that he has a copper 1943 which was then zinc-plated?
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    The core is steel. The reverse shows how another coin was sitting on top of it. Maybe the person was trying to plate a few at a time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willbrooks View Post
    I don't follow. Are you suggesting that he has a copper 1943 which was then zinc-plated?
    About a zero chance of that happening so I should have thought my response through a little better. But the images appeared to show worn plating with copper showing. It didn't appear to be rust when compared with the side by side obverses.

    (Sorry for the delay as I've been away all day.)

    Quote Originally Posted by emodx View Post
    The core is steel. The reverse shows how another coin was sitting on top of it. Maybe the person was trying to plate a few at a time?
    And that answers that. Steel core.
    So you are saying someone may have been trying to plate with copper (then maybe try to pass it off as a transitional alloy variety?)

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    This looks like rust to me or copper rubbed onto it on high spots or the zinc wore off the high spots and the steel got a rust color.

    Copper plated ones look almost reversed, you might see some zinc/steel poking through high spots when the copper wears off.

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    About a zero chance of that happening so I should have thought my response through a little better.
    What you said makes sense.
    But! it has been done. One of the known copper 43 cents was discovered as a replated (reprocessed outside the mint) with zinc then I guess based on weight or being non magnetic was discovered and professionally restored/unplated. If you google enough you'll find about it, not sure which mint it was from.

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    Cool... That would make me look twice also... Off hand I can not remember how it works but there is a process to make a coin look like gold... Yours may have been a high schoolers chemistry project
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