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June 19, 2008


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I'm not sure how this is news, since the penny is already 97.5% zinc (and 2.5% copper).



I'm a coin collector so I do know the history of the change to zinc. I just prefer the steel look to the penny to the dirty copper look.

I think it would be best just to do away with the penny altogether.

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In circulation the 1943 steel cents tended to rust since the rims were not coated with zinc like the surfaces of the coins.

so... rusty steel or dirty copper?


I have a bunch of non rusted steel pennies. But I do see your point. I would think 60 years later we might be able to do a better job though.

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