Asked by: Steeven Halbich
asked in category: General Last Updated: 7th May, 2020

Why are pennies made before 1982 heavier?

While the new penny was the exact same size as the old one, it weighed less because zinc is slightly less dense than copper. The change from copper to zinc took place in 1982. For this reason the heavy pennies in the exercise will be dated 1980-82.

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Also asked, why are pennies different after 1982?

The cent's composition was changed in 1982 because the value of the copper in the coin started to rise above one cent. Some 1982 pennies used the 97.5% zinc composition, while others used the 95% copper composition.

Furthermore, what were pennies made of before 1982? So for the past 30 years, pennies have been made with an alloy comprised of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper, but pennies minted before 1982 are 95% copper and 5% zinc. The price of copper has more than quadrupled over the past 10 years. So a penny produced before 1982 is worth 2.2 cents based on the metal it contains.

One may also ask, how much does a penny weigh before 1982?

2.5 grams

Are pre 1982 pennies worth saving?

You want to focus on hoarding pre-1982 U.S. pennies, which contain 95% copper content, making the coin at least twice as valuable as its 1 cent face value. (Post-1982 pennies are not worth collecting, as they contain only 2.5% copper content -- the rest is zinc.)

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