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Super light 1993 penny
Posted by: Mcdetect
Date: June 23, 2018 09:20AM
Yesterday I got a solid "19" signal on my Etrac that was fairly deep so I decided to dig it. For the non-etrackers out there...19 is squarely in the pull tab range. When I opened up the turf I was surprised to find a penny in the hole. My first thought was there had to be something else in the hole with it like a nickel since a zinc penny normally rings up in the 32 to 37 range on the etrac. But there was nothing else in the hole so I ran the penny across the coil and sure enough it rang up 19 again. Also when I got my finds home and cleaned them up I noticed the penny felt really light. The penny still has good smooth edges that aren't eaten away, and the surface of the coin is smooth and doesn't have that spiky texture like so many zincs we find.

Any ideas on why this penny rings up so low and is so light? I don't have a scale to weigh it but it does feel lighter than an ordinary zinc. No reason to add a picture since it looks like an ordinary zinc in decent shape.

Re: Super light 1993 penny
Posted by: woody
Date: June 23, 2018 11:03AM
Sounds like a very interesting find.

Re: Super light 1993 penny
Posted by: chuck, ky
Date: June 23, 2018 03:34PM
There were some experimental aluminum pennies and it sounds and looks like you found one that got away from the mint.

Re: Super light 1993 penny
Posted by: Doc Holliday
Date: June 24, 2018 07:26PM
1993 Wide AM Penny In 1993, the penny switched the A and M in "AMERICA" to a close design. They actually touch. On a few, they still have the old wide AM design. If you can find this one, it can be worth a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending on the condition. As the others are, this penny is also rare. (Cited from:

Re: Super light 1993 penny
Posted by: Mcdetect
Date: June 25, 2018 08:44AM
The a and m touch :-(

Re: Super light 1993 penny
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: June 25, 2018 08:07PM
Might that be a 1943 Steel penny?

Could it be worn enough that it looks maybe like 1993?



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