Interesting Coin FactsWritten by Jon Gammon
Here you can find some interesting coin facts, from how they were made, to what they are made of. United States coins have been around since late 1700's, and they have made dramatic changes from then to now. The United States Mint is largest manufacturer of currency in world, and since its creation in 1792, they have become a very large entity with production of not only United States coins, but coins of other countries as well. One interesting coin fact is, How are coins made ? A design of a coin is made and lots of test models go into making a coin. Once a design is approved for minting, a plaster model of coin is made. When plaster model is finished, an exact duplicate of coin is made into metal and a tracing lathe is used to mill a master die. This die is then detailed and finished by engraver. This finished Master Die is now used to make duplicate dies for minting coins. These duplicate dies are tempered (hardened) to increase life of die. Strips of a metal alloy called Zinc is used to produce coins. The Zinc is plated with copper or nickel, for pennies and nickels. Dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars, are made with three metals. The outer material of these are made of same alloy used in nickels.
1944 Steel PennyWritten by Jon Gammon
In 1943, copper to a hard hit due to war and government decides to use steel in its production of pennies. Well this only lasted a year because they found that steel didn't work very well and resorted back to using copper. Well during production of both 1943 copper penny and 1944 steel penny, some of blanks used to strike coins got mixed in with dates. The rare finds are 1943 copper penny (not steel) and 1944 steel penny ( not copper).
A 1944 Steel Penny has been found!!! That's Right 1944 was correct date. It was speculated that a 1944 Steel Penny could have existed, but there have not been many found. Or it could be that people may not be willing to part with them for their own reasons. So you say how can this actually be, well it is quite simple really, just like with 1943 Steel Penny's that were made,