Wheat Penny weight question?
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Hi Guys 

l just needed to ask about some of my wheat penny that l have, just  wondering why morethan 3.11 is their weight and some are 3.00, the 3.00 are they struck with silver? 

Thanks

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Cents have went through composition changes through the years, but no silver. The various compositions have weight variances. I’ll list the list below. This cent isn’t a little heavy. I think the variance is +\- .13 grams, but a copper expert will soon correct that if it’s wrong. Are you certain your scale is accurate? Even if it is a little heavy I don’t think that is enough out of tolerance to be worth a premium, but others may correct that. 
 

Bronze Lincoln Cents

Dates: 1909-1942, 1947-1962, 2009
Composition: 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc
Weight: 3.11 grams
Diameter: 19 mm

Zinc Coated Steel Lincoln Cents

Date: 1943
Composition: steel coated with zinc
Weight: 2.70 grams
Diameter: 19 mm

Copper Lincoln Cents

Dates: 1944-1946, 1962-1982
Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc
Weight: 3.11 grams
Diameter: 19 mm

 

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Oh and after 1982 they are copper plated zinc weighing 2.5 grams. I left that little nugget out. 

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3.11g is the target weight on a Lincoln copper cent. There is an acceptable tolerance of  .12 g so anything between 2.99g and 3.23g is acceptable. All of your coins fall within this range.

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Hi Greenstang thanks for your help,  regards the weight  for Wheat penny 2.99 to 3.23g  are still acceptable and  there was no error or changes in composition right that happened if that case right and anything morethan 3.23 and lessthan 2.99 are those considered error or worn? Sorry just want to clarify..

thanks really appreciate!

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1 hour ago, Woods020 said:

Cents have went through composition changes through the years, but no silver. The various compositions have weight variances. I’ll list the list below. This cent isn’t a little heavy. I think the variance is +\- .13 grams, but a copper expert will soon correct that if it’s wrong. Are you certain your scale is accurate? Even if it is a little heavy I don’t think that is enough out of tolerance to be worth a premium, but others may correct that. 
 

Bronze Lincoln Cents

Dates: 1909-1942, 1947-1962, 2009
Composition: 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc
Weight: 3.11 grams
Diameter: 19 mm

Zinc Coated Steel Lincoln Cents

Date: 1943
Composition: steel coated with zinc
Weight: 2.70 grams
Diameter: 19 mm

Copper Lincoln Cents

Dates: 1944-1946, 1962-1982
Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc
Weight: 3.11 grams
Diameter: 19 mm

 

Hi woods Thanks for the info, Regarding the scale yes it is callibrated  just came accross with my wheat penny and l notice those 1944-58 mostly more than 3.11 - 3.19 and from 1909-1939 mostly between 2.70 - 3.00

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20 minutes ago, Cresencio said:

Hi woods Thanks for the info, Regarding the scale yes it is callibrated  just came accross with my wheat penny and l notice those 1944-58 mostly more than 3.11 - 3.19 and from 1909-1939 mostly between 2.70 - 3.00

The earlier cents must be worn from circulation. They went on a circulation diet. 

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