Silver 1956 wheat penny???

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  1. MrMorph

    MrMorph New Member

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    I found a 1956 Wheat penny yesterday. It is not copper or brown in colour. It is silver. When I dropped it on the table, it sounded like a copper penny. It is either AU55 or maybe AU58, however, I can't seem to find anything on it other than the copper listings anywhere. Anyone have any ideas?
     
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    Penny

    Can you provide a picture of it?
     
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    No picture

    Sorry, I don't have a camera to take a pic to post it here. I wish I did though.
     
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    I believe that your penny has gone through what we call a "TONING" process. The 1956 penny was composed of 95% copper and 5% tin or zinc. I am most sure that this is what has happened to your coin. How it has kept condition is beyond me.

    Coins Toning - Toned Coins - Coin Toning
     
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    The coin has likely been plated with another metal or Heated to a high temperature .

    Silver is an un natural color for Copper to tone ,,it is almost always a product of the coin being altered ,,post mint .

    Does it look like this ??

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    Yes it does look like that. I suppose you will tell me that I am not a millionaire right? LOL That's ok, I thought it was a really cool find nonetheless.
    Thanks for your help!
     
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    I won't tell you your not a millionaire ,but if you have a day job make friends with the Boss .

    I have found several of these cents ,a couple Iam sure are plated with something and one I know for sure is heat related .

    Its always interesting to find different stuff ,and I keep most of it .or at the least I add a photo to my library for occasions such as this .

    Metalman
     
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    That's an interesting find. I like this forum - everyday is an education.:smile:
     
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    That is one of the coolest aspects of a forum like this ,,all kinds of people with a vast array of interests and knowledge all in one place ,,a person can't help but learn ,I know I learn daily from these fine folks .

    Metalman
     
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    HI Everybody,
    I am just learning about the numismatic hobby but am excited about it. It goes right along with Metal Detecting. Interested in US coins right now. Trying to learn the key dates and types of coins, in case i find one while Detecting. I will have my Dtector by spring, so have all winter to learn more about that, and now coins.

    I need help deciding what kind of coins i want to start buying/collecting etc. I really like the buffalo nickels and indian head penny's. What certain type of coin in each denomination is the best to collect? I want to buy a chart or something to hang on my wall that says the different kinds of coins and the years they were made. Where is a good place to buy coins also? I am sure ebay has a lot of them.

    I am new to this so any advice will help. I am learning there is a lot to do with coin collecting. I will probably start off with just one type of coin. Thank You everybody, and Merry Christmas.
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    Sorry, guess i clicked onto post a reply instead of new post.
     
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    XLTKid, I like anything old. Pre 65 is silver and that's good. Anything that you dig up would be a collective artical to me. I just keep about all of mine. I also like the Mercury Dimes. They are way cool.....Buster....:reindeer:
     
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    Hey XLT!

    I think it really boils down to what types of coins really appeal to you...personally I really like Morgan and Peace dollars - so that's what I've begun to collect (just getting started - like you!)

    There are all kinds of books to help identify the real "collectibles" and to help value coins...I've been using "The Official Red Book - a Guide Book of United States Coins (2008 edition) by R.S. Yeoman as a basic guide...also there are folks on TQ who can really help with specific coins as well...

    Good luck!
     
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    XLTkID

    If I was to recommend a good place to start it would be Jefferson nickels ,, most can still be found in circulation ,,they are also a great series to learn a little about grading and determining value without spending huge amounts of money.

    any questions just ask ,,there are alot of folks here who can help .

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    wow, that's a cool find. I found a 56 wheatie this past weekend but it's not silver. I would have gotten sooo excited to see that color anyway, lol.
     
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    Great thread many interesting facts from all.:reindeer:
     
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    Hey MrMorph,

    I would guess that someone soldered the penny, we did it a few times as kids to make "silver" pennies.

    Of course back then we didn't know the dangers of lead, so it's very possibly done with solder so I wouldn't let the kids handle it alot.

    Still a wheatie is a cool find.

    BTW.....if you woke up this morning you're more than a millionaire!

    Merry Christmas!
     
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    Try Seeing if it sticks to a magnet? Just a suggestion but i am sure it is not steel! Steel pennies were only made in 1943 because the copper was sent to the war...Good luck!

    -Dylan:smile:
     
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    Wasn't this able to be done by rubbing a copper penny with mercury? BTW, this is a dangerous substance, so it isn't something to "play" with. I just thought I'd heard about this years ago.

    Smitty
     
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    XLTKID, You might want to vist the coin section of the forum under "DID YOU KNOW COIN FACTS". There is a LOT of information concerning US Coins to be found there.:smile:
     

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