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13 Dec 2020

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Welcome to my weekly blog. Why does water cause copper pennies to turn into a brown color? I also want to know how long red pennies can still have a red color in circulation. Can a coin cause a fire? I want to know what will happen with a coin if it stays in snow for 10 years, because it is snowing strong in my home state of Oklahoma, it has been 4 inches of snow. That has been the most snow since I remember. I was born in Missouri where it snowed a lot. I watched an old news story about how pennies keep drivers safe. It explained that pennies measure 1/6 of an inch of thickness on your tires right above Lincolns head, But that is only for the 1969-2009 pennies because they are not high reliefs and they are shorter on Lincolns than shield cent . Depending on how thick the treads of your tire are. Why would they still get rid of pennies if they have been talking about getting rid of them for 35 years and nothing has happened. also I read an article that for 2026 for the 250 year birth of America they will make special designed coins of every coin including the penny so they can not get rid of the penny now. Why do only business strike Morgan dollars have proof like finishes, did they spend more time on Morgan dollars because they knew lots of people liked them. Why are Morgan dollars the most popular coin to collect? Is it because they are big heavy coins that are hard to find in very high grades? Only some years of coins have lots of coins put in circulation, For example the 1901 p and 1890 p Morgan dollars had a lot of coins put in circulation. Why were there a lot of those coins put in circulation? High grade common Morgan dollars were overlooked for those Carson City minted Morgan dollars so they will have more value if put in circulation. How would early coin collectors know if the coin is rare or not, and if so why would they keep so many of that date and mint mark coin so it will be worth less? I found a 2000 wide AM in circulation that bought the value of the coin down even lower. It is the most common to find. That is what makes the value of a coin so high how common it is to find it. That is the fun of coin collecting coins. Why did war nickels rust so fast in circulation? And why were Fake war nickels made in 1944? I is easy to spot if your 1944 war nickel is fake, so what was the reason of those coins being minted?

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

Lots of interesting questions. It sounds like many collectors have the same questions or had the same questions and went looking for answers.

Kepi

Level 6

Lots of good questions! Interesting thoughts ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

You are asking a lot of questions. Good. try looking up oxidation. That will answer you cent/copper questions. Now you get to do some work yourself. Look all these questions up. As my ad used to say, "Look it up. You'll remember it longer.". Good luck.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Any temperature fire will cause oxidation which will look brown or black on copper cents. A blue flame would melt copper. It is over 1000 degrees F

Mike

Level 7

Put your cents as there called into distilled water. It will remove dirt but it takes a few days. Pat it dry or you will leave scratch marks. Do not try and clean coins. You can devalue them. Don't use anything on them you will devalue them!!. Great blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. We have things to think about

I. R. Bama

Level 5

You have a lot of interesting questions! Copper by itself doesn't react with pure water, but it does have a slow reaction with oxygen which is why cents turn brown. Minerals in the water can cause various reactions though. I haven't ever seen anything that believes me a cent will catch fire. I have never heard of a cent being buried in snow for 10 years because there arent that many places on earth where that could happen. SO I have no idea on that one. Fake war nickels have no mint mark over Monticello. They were minted because a man could pass them off for 5 cents and they din dn't cost that much to make. Long Beard wrote a great blog about that two weeks ago.

"SUN"

Level 5

Many good questions. Gives us something to think about. I like thought thinking blogs. thanks.

I did an experiment with hydrogen peroxide and there was no difference between 20% hydrogen peroxide and 40% hydrogen peroxide. I see why you said faster and stronger because it has more energy pressure being let go.

Golfer

Level 5

A book devoted to these very questions and more would be great. Would like to find a fake war nickel ! Do like Morgans because they are big a beautiful. Having a big silver coin is a great feeling. Nice blog.

Stumpy

Level 5

Good questions, most can be answered with a Redbook, however, I encourage you to avail yourself of e-books with Amazon Prime if you have access to it. There are tons of free books there. Nice blog, later!

Mike

Level 7

Books are the answer. I would like Gary said a red book will help.

Can blue fire cause pennies brown for having melted oxygen?

coinsbygary

Level 5

You are asking the right questions! The answers to these and many more questions await you as you decide what coins you want to collect. Do you have a Redbook? That is an excellent resource and the foundational book of expert and novice collectors alike. Keep those questions coming.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

My friend, this was a very well written blog! Much better than a few sentences (: As for copper pennies turning brown in water. They will turn brown anywhere there is oxygen. It is a chemical reaction between the metal and the air. Water has oxygen, therefore the coin turns brown. I am unsure of the approximate time a copper will stay RD, but they sure look pretty. Cheers, NM

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

I cannot say for sure seeing as how I have never tried it, but I think this warrants an experiment. However, I HAVE taken 4 years of chemistry, and from that, I think I can conclude that not only would it make the reaction, but it would be even faster and more destructive.

What about blue fire will it still make the reaction even if it is very hot?

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