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  1. #1

    Dec 2007
    S. Central Wis.
    Whites M6, Tesoro DeLeon
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    When did coins become clad???

    ok, I know the difference between clad & coins.... but what years did each coin turn to clad? ie..penny, year 19?? went to clad.


    Thanks much,
    Larry C
    Neither mud, nor snow, nor frozen ground shall keep the Treasure Hunter from his appointed rounds!!!

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  2. #2

    Jan 2004
    Los Osos, CA
    Garrett GTA 1000 and ACE 250
    243

    Re: When did coins become clad???

    All US silver coins became clad in 1965, the half dollar still had some silver content until 1970 or so. The penny became clad in 1982

  3. #3
    us
    Mar 2007
    central ohio
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    Re: When did coins become clad???

    Actually the penny went to zinc clad copper in1959.
    teverly

  4. #4

    Dec 2007
    S. Central Wis.
    Whites M6, Tesoro DeLeon
    16

    Re: When did coins become clad???

    any ideas on the dime also, is a nickel still nickel

    Thanks,
    Larry C
    Neither mud, nor snow, nor frozen ground shall keep the Treasure Hunter from his appointed rounds!!!

    For each and every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction... no exceptions!

  5. #5
    us
    Dec 2005
    Eugene, Oregon
    Fisher CZ5, White's GM VSat
    4,095
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    Re: When did coins become clad???

    Ok- here it is from the Red Book.

    "Under the coinage act of 1965, the composition of dimes, quarters and half dollars was changed to eliminate or reduce the silver content of these coins. The "clad" dimes and quarters were composed of an outer layer of copper-nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel) bonded to an inner core of pure copper. Starting 1971 the half dollar and dollar composition was changed to that the dime and quarter. All silver clad coins have an outer layer of 80% silver bonded to an inner core of 21% silver, with a total content of 40% silver."

    Now cents on the other hand have been different compositions through the years, but none of them are truly "clad". The steel cents of 1943 were plated, as are the cents starting in 1982.

    "Clad" is a term used to describe how the different metals are put together, for lack of better wording.

    Clad coins are from a sheet of metal that has an inner core of copper, and an outer core of copper and nickel. The blanks are puched out of this sheet and stamped into coins. The metals are layered in the original sheet of metal.

    The steel cents and cents since 1982 are plated. They are punched out of the base inner metal, then the plating is put on afterwards. If they were truly clad, the zinc cents would rot through from the rims almost immediately after leaving the mint.

    Longwinded, but I hope that answers your question.

  6. #6

    Dec 2007
    S. Central Wis.
    Whites M6, Tesoro DeLeon
    16

    Re: When did coins become clad???

    at Coins-about.com....
    "If your Lincoln Memorial penny has a date before 1982, it is made of 95% copper. If the date is 1983 or later, it is made of 97.5% zinc, with a thin copper coating, or "clad."

    For pennies minted in 1982, when both copper and zinc cents were made, the safest and best way to tell their composition is to weigh them. Copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams, whereas the zinc pennies weigh only 2.5 grams."

    Thanks,
    Larry C
    Neither mud, nor snow, nor frozen ground shall keep the Treasure Hunter from his appointed rounds!!!

    For each and every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction... no exceptions!

  7. #7
    us
    Dec 2005
    Eugene, Oregon
    Fisher CZ5, White's GM VSat
    4,095
    85 times

    Re: When did coins become clad???

    A point of contention amongst coin collectors for sure.

    I myself do not consider plated coins to be clad.

  8. #8
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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: When did coins become clad???

    plated or clad any way you want to call em ---zinc cents are still nasty cruddy bits of junk once their in the gound a bit --- give me the 95 % copper cents (1982 and before) cuz they hold up in the ground -- generally just by looking at them one can tell the zinc "junk" 82's from the nice copper 82's ain't hard to tell em apart for the most part -- Ivan

  9. #9
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    Bill Jones

    May 2007
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Multiple Tesoros and Whites
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    Re: When did coins become clad???

    Just as an added curiosity - I dug a signal in the sand by an active, but low water level stream one time and when I found it, it turned out to be a clad dime that had all the outer layer of silver worn off from the action of the sand and running water. Looked like a penny other than the size and the fact that you could still make out the impression of the dime.
    Bill

 

 

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