Interesting Coin FactsWritten by Jon Gammon
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The metal used to make each of coins is fed into a machine that make blank coins. The blanks that are used to make pennies have already been pressed and are manufactured outside Mint to their specifications. These blanks are then heated up to soften, and then thoroughly cleaned and polished. The defective blanks are removed and discarded, and then they are sorted into a machine which puts rim around there edges. They are then sent to presses to be stamped. Just so you know both front and back of coins are pressed are same time. The coins are then inspected again for defects and are sorted and put into bags for shipment. A Second interesting coin fact is, what are coins made of? Well in 1792, United States Mint required that all coins minted would be made of copper, silver, or gold. This was standard for over a hundred years, and in 1965 Congress decided to stop using silver in Dimes and Quarters, and reduced amount of silver used in dollars and half dollars as well. Well that was past, what about today's coins, what are they made of. Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, and Half Dollars are made of copper and nickel of different percentages. The Golden Dollar (Sacagawea) was made of copper, nickel, zinc, and manganese.
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1944 Steel PennyWritten by Jon Gammon
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there have been copper cents recovered for that year as well. When Government decided to produce these coins and then revert back to old way, some of planchets (coin blanks) were struck with new dies and sent through for circulation. In 1943 it is easy to assume that coins being minted, person in charge at time could have passed a few copper blanks to test dies and never removed them. Hence production of 1943 copper penny. Well same is true with new 1944 Steel Penny. When Government resorted back to using copper for their coins, a few steel blanks made it through and were struck with new 1944 dies. Well few coins that have been found are very rare as well and have been fetching a hefty price as well. The pictures below are actual images of both 1944 Steel Penny and 1943 Copper Penny.
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