What are pennies made of?

Answer The penny has been made of 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper (copper-plated zinc) since 1982. The composition of the penny has undergone several alterations since 1837, when it was last comp... Read More »

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What are new pennies made from?

According to the United States Mint, pennies are currently made from a combination of zinc and copper. Pennies today are made of 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper. They have been made using ... Read More »

What were pennies made of in the 1700s?

The first penny was made in 1793, according to the United States Mint. The original pennies were made of solid copper. In 1837, the United States Mint began making pennies out of bronze. The compos... Read More »

What were pennies made out of in 1989?

Beginning in 1982, the U.S. Mint changed the composition of the penny from primarily copper to primarily zinc. Since that date the penny is made of 99.2 percent zinc and 0.8 percent copper, with a ... Read More »

What are wheat pennies made of?

Wheat pennies, which have sheaves of wheat on the back, were minted from 1909 to 1958. Pennies were minted from 95 percent copper and 5 percent tin and zinc between 1864 and 1962, except for 1943, ... Read More »