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Old 08-03-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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Are shiny pennies the best to use for doing pressed pennies?
I have heard older ones are best and I’ve that newer ones work best.
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Older ones are better.
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Older pre 1982 pennies work best. Newer ones can be used but you'll get silver streaks in the pennies once pressed. The older ones do look better if you shine them first but if you're not particular about how they look, then use whatever you have. Some of the newer machines don't even take pennies - you have to pay with bills or credit cards.
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Pennies before 1982 were made with a high copper content. I think in the 90%+ range. After 1982 pennies are made mostly from zinc and are copper coated. When you use the newer pennies the zinc can show through the copper coating when pressed. The older pennies will have a more uniform color.
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If you have old pennies you want to shine up, just put them in some ketchup to soak for a bit!
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The shiner ones are much better! I collect pressed pennies from wherever I go and only use shiny ones
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They say older ones are better, but honestly, I prefer the newer, shinier ones. You do get the silver streaks but I don't mind them.

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