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« on: June 24, 2009, 12:18:54 am »
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You can tell I'm a rookie by this question. But whatever........... I'll ask anyway.

What years did the U.S. govt. manufacture coins out of silver?

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 12:41:06 am »
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Coins before 1964 were silver and the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar.

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 05:40:08 am »
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Can't learn without asking. I'm a newbie also and was wondering the same thing...

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 08:13:07 am »
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During   WW-ll years Nickels were made with a Silver Content.    The Nickel was needed for Weapons.


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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 09:55:06 am »
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Dime, quarter and half dollar prior to 1964.  Today's coins are made with a copper core and a layer of silver.  Real silver coins, despite them having a bit of copper in them, were still considered 'whole' silver coins.  In reality, they had about 90% silver in them, with the other five being about 5% copper and 5% zinc.  There are special sets that you can get that include whole silver coins, such as the uncirculated 1976 silver mint set, and others. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 01:44:30 am »
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I've seen lots of zinc, Lincoln head pennies, they are a WW2 thing, too. Canada had bronze nickels.
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1943 the US made zinc plated steel pennies.

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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2009, 12:26:14 pm »
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There are some 1943 pennies that were struck on a copper planchet.  Thus, these pennies are very rare and very valuable at that, since they are error pennies.

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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009, 12:53:37 pm »
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Good to know about those 1943 pennies. How would you know if you have one?

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2009, 12:58:11 pm »
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First off, the penny would look just like any other ordinary copper penny would.  So, that is a big factor in determining that it is copper.  However, there are plenty of counterfeits out there of such copper 43's, since that is the case you might want to have a local coin dealer appraise it for you.  It could be more or less grams than it should be, that is a way to find out if it is a fraud or not.  And, sometimes frauds are easy to recognize and some are getting a bit more hard to determine fake or not, since technology is getting more advanced.  The counterfeits, of course, are done outside of the mint.  The mint has a special way of printing the coins, which the counterfeits can't copy....as of yet.

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