I may never see my dad again so before he left he gave me this coin and I was wanting to know if anyone knew anything about it
How can I find out?It's a restrike of an 1861 confederate penny, made using transfer dies done after 1961. Hard to tell what metal it's made in but they were made in various different metals.
It's a great memento from your dad, cherish it.
EDIT: It's also possible that it's a cast of a restrike, and not a restrike at all, but it's difficult to tell from the photos although the condition of the coin does suggest it's a cast.