We had a nice response to our last article concerning the US Cent so we are adding a bit more. I hope you enjoy and we love to get feedback. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can simply respond online. I hope the following is informative and enlightening.
The cent was made of pure copper from 1793 to 1837.
The cent was made of bronze from 1837 to 1857.
In 1857 the cent was mixed as an alloy of 88% copper and 12% nickel. This continued until 1864.
From 1864 to 1962 the coin was once again changed to bronze.
From 1962 to 1982, the cent's tin content was removed. This resulted in a composition of 95% copper and 5% zinc.
In 1982, the cent's composition was changed to 97.5% zinc and 2.5 % copper and this is what we now call the "clad penny."
Addendum: in 1943, the coin's composition was changed to zinc-coated steel. This change lasted for one year only and was created as a result of the critical use of copper during WWII.
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