July 29, 2007

Funny Money

I got this silver-ish penny in the cash drawer yesterday... it's a 1923 Wheat penny. And it looks silver.

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I know it's not a solid silver penny. However, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what it's coated with. Could it be a silver electroplate? Or maybe a mercury coating?

It's not tarnished in the least bit, so I kinda doubt the silver-plate theory. Anyone know how long a mercury coating on a penny would last? And how dangerous it could be?

Whatever it is, I will say that it looks pretty cool.

Posted by GEBIV at July 29, 2007 07:31 PM | TrackBack

According to Google - which returned a lot of eBay results anywhere from $.10 to $2.00 depending on the condition.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at July 30, 2007 07:52 PM


Probably zinc.

And considering the time you'd have to spend listing it on eBay as well as preparing it for delivery, I'd suggest that you're better off keeping it as a conversation piece.

But be careful. This is how I got into graffiti currency :-)

Posted by: Harvey at August 3, 2007 10:36 PM

Yeah, I wasn't planning on selling it. I was just wondering what was on it, and how it was done.

So you're saying that unlike modern pennies (zinc core, copper plate) this one is a copper core with zinc plate...

Posted by: GEBIV at August 7, 2007 09:38 AM
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