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Re: slotted rim pennies

September 20, 2017 09:27AM
Del, that is a very strange observation. I'm 69 and have collected coins all my life. I have never seen such a beast as a slotted rim cent. Is it possible that someone used a slot, or made a slot to manipulate the coin size? I'm unable to come up with a way. Even if you held a penny around the rim with a tool that made such a slot, how would you use that to increase the diameter? That does not seem reasonable.

They could be counterfeit in the vein of the Henning Jefferson nickels. Those were made using a hand press and home made dies. I believe he was only caught because he put the mint mark in the wrong place on the 1944 War nickels that he made. Supposedly he made more than 100,000 of various dates, most being unrecovered from being dumped in the Schuylkill River in NJ.

Since the weight is the same as a zincoln, and the diameter is larger, is the coin thinner? I wonder if they're zinc core like a modern penny, or some other alloy. Is their conductivity similar to a zinc cent, or different?
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