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Comparison of Copper and Zinc Pennies

Comparison of Copper and Zinc Pennies

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Caption

Most pennies minted before 1962 contained 95% copper. Since 1982, pennies are composed of copper-plated zinc (2.5% copper). This photo shows a comparison of the two types of penny.

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