1939 1-cent questionable alloy

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bryanevele
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1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by bryanevele » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:17 pm

I am new to this forum and am very new to coin collecting. I've come across a Canadian 1939 George VI 1-cent coin that appears to be NOT made of copper. It is silver in color and is, color wise, not anything like all my other Canadian pennies. Also of interest is that this same penny has a small hole very near the top edge at the 12-o'clock position. Being new to this...can someone offer a suggestion as to what I might have? Thanks
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Bill in Burl
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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by Bill in Burl » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:21 pm

It looks plated or dipped and the hole is for hanging on a chain or bracelet or some doodad. It's copper under the thin silver coating.
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bryanevele
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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by bryanevele » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:25 pm

Thanks, Bill. I figured something fishy was going on...

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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by bryanevele » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:28 pm

BTW, Bill, can you offer a coin-safe way to wipe away the whatever to restore the coin to its original look?

Bill in Burl
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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by Bill in Burl » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:09 am

I'd leave it the way that it is .. looks cool! Anything that you use to try to remove whatever it is may leave residue in the crevices. Keep what you have
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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by coinguy » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:12 am

I agree with Bill.
Why bother, it is still only worth 1 cent either way and it would cost
you more than that to try and clean it.

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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by bryanevele » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:39 pm

Thanks guys...I will leave it the way it is as you both have agreed.

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Re: 1939 1-cent questionable alloy

Post by raythorn » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:00 am

Hi when I feel I have to clean a coin I cleaned it with tub and tile cleaner from the Walmart it works really well

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