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1983? What happened that I missed that year?

August 14, 2019 12:28AM avatar
It wasn't one of the pull-tab varieties. confused smiley

Were you referring to the introduction of our "modern" Zinc Cent? That wasn't '83. Our 'copper' Memorial Cents, from earlier through September of 1962, were made of 95% Copper and a 5% mix of Tin and Zinc. From September of '62, they removed the Tin from the 5% portion making it Zinc only.

The Pennies then remained 95% Copper and 5% Zinc through 1981. Very early in '82 some of the Philadelphia and Denver minted pennies were of the Copper composition with, for the first time, over 10-Billion coins being minted for a denomination and over 6-Billion Pennies minted of Copper at the Denver mint.

Then, also in '82, they switched the mintage composition to our 'modern' mixture of a 97% Zinc Core with a 3% Copper Plating.

In '82 those brand new 'Zinc Cents' were minted in Philadelphia and Denver. At last through 2015, San Francisco has only minted 'Proof' specimens and all regular circulation coins have been minted in Denver or Philadelphia. But it was 1982 when BOTH the Copper and Zinc Pennies were minted, and since then only modern Zinc Cents have been introduced.

In 1981 Pennies were all Copper types ---- and in 1983 they have been all Zinc Cents ---- but in 1982 they minted Copper AND Zinc.

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Frustrations from 'events' in 1962, 1965 and 1975.

Monte 241 August 05, 2019 10:41AM

Don't forget about 1983 ! angry smiley N/T

UtahRich 79 August 13, 2019 07:18PM

Re: Don't forget about 1983 ! angry smiley

D&P-OR 98 August 14, 2019 04:47AM

Don't forget about 1983! angry smiley

UtahRich 92 August 18, 2019 05:08PM

Re: Don't forget about 1983! angry smiley

D&P-OR 68 August 19, 2019 03:35AM

1983? What happened that I missed that year?

Monte 97 August 14, 2019 12:28AM

If you aren't finding pull tabs, you might as well go homesmiling bouncing smiley

Hombre 139 August 05, 2019 03:50PM

Re: If you aren't finding pull tabs, you might as well go homesmiling bouncing smiley

Remfire 114 August 05, 2019 11:26PM

Re: If you aren't finding pull tabs, you might as well go homesmiling bouncing smiley

Sodbuster 88 August 12, 2019 06:29PM

Re: If you aren't finding pull tabs, you might as well go homesmiling bouncing smiley

D&P-OR 107 August 06, 2019 04:23AM

Gottcha! thumbs up N/T

Monte 104 August 05, 2019 04:52PM



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