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1983 copper rare penny

Do you have this rare 1983 copper penny?

American One Cent coins made prior to 1982 were produced using 95% solid copper.
In 1982, in an effort to save money, the US Mint began making the Cent coins out of copper-plated zinc planchets instead of solid copper.   Over 14 Billion one-cent coins were made in 1983, but by mistake, a very few were made from the pre-1982 solid copper planchets.
 (Currently, less than 3 or 4 are known to exist!)   These very rare copper cents are worth $5,000 to $10,000 each!    Cents are minted at both the Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint, and are distributed nationwide, so check your pocket change!

To help you determine if you have one of these 1983 rare penny coins, here are a few tips to help you:

By weighing them.
This is the easiest and most reliable way to tell them apart.
The normal copper-plated cents weigh 2.5 grams. The ultra-valuable 1983 solid copper pennies weigh 3.1 grams
normal 1983 cent weight 2.5 grams  1983 rare penny weight 3.1 grams

By appearance.
The normal, copper-plated zinc planchets often, (but not always), appear with very small "bubbles" in the copper plating.  These tiny bubbles show up well in the photo below, but are usually more difficult to see after the coins have been circulated.  The rare solid copper penny will not have the little bubbles.  PLEASE NOTE: just because you don't see these little bubbles, it does not mean you have the rare copper coin.  Use this appearance method only to rapidly discard any coins with the noticeable plating bubbles from further consideration.
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Weighing is the simpliest and most accurate method by far. If you have a large quantity of 1983 cents to check, a small but accurate digital gram scale can be purchased for around $10-$15.

Do Not Scratch, File or Cut into your coin to check for zinc. This will ruin its value if it's the rare one!

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