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  1. #1
    Jun 2010
    13 times

    Gold or yellow penny

    Since everyone was so great with my masonic shekel, I thought I would ask about something else I simply can't find anything about. I have had this 1927 penny that was always yellow in color. I found it in an old house where the window frame came off and it fell out and was in very good shape. Not even dirty really. Any case, this penny has always looked yellow and not copper like others. I included a couple of pictures but they don't do the shininess of the penny any justice whatsoever or the correct color either. It's not a coating, this I'm sure of and did have a local collector look at it briefly but he had no idea. It has a slightly higher "ping" noise than other pennies when clanked and doesn't seem to tarnish so easily. That's about all the info I have.

    EDIT: I have found information that it could be a chemical reaction, plating or something on that order. However, I very carefully took it down a bit on the side where there is a nick or two and even though a decent nick, still as yellow as the rest of the penny. I believe it's yellow all the way through.
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  2. #2
    Jan 2009
    6 times

    Re: Gold or yellow penny

    If it's a 1944-46 it's made from cartrige cases salvaged {from ww2}for coinage.

  3. #3
    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Re: Gold or yellow penny

    penny composition. All except the 96 should be bronze.
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  4. #4
    Jun 2010
    13 times

    Re: Gold or yellow penny

    Thanks to the suggestion of the cartridge cases and composition chart, I ran across "finally" some others who had similar pennies. Once again, most say it was school experiments to give them a gold color, although most of these were 30 to 40 years later than the date of my penny. There seems to still be a lack of information as to why some are gold all the way through but they remain non collectible and not worth much if not less than a standard penny from what I have read thus far. Makes for an interesting chat on the item if nothing else. Ah well, at least I learned something new.

    Thanks again for the help,




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