What Is the Composition of a 1984 Penny?


Pennies after 1982 are made of copper plated zinc. They have an inner core of 99.2 % zinc and 0.8% copper. They have an outer plating of pure copper.
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US Coins in Circulation
  Coin Composition Weight Cost to Produce
Penny Cent 2.5% Copper, 97.5% Zinc 2.5 g 2.41 cents
Nickel Nickel 25% Nickel, 75% Copper 5 g 11.18 cents
Dime Dime 8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper 2.268 g 5.65 cents
Quarter Quarter 8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper 5.67 g 11.14 cents
Half-Dollar Half Dollar 8.33% Nickel, 91.67% Copper 11.34 g N/A
Susan B Anthony Dollar Susan B Anthony Dollar 12.5% Nickel, 87.5% Copper 8.1 g N/A
US Dollar Coin $1 Coin 88.5% Copper, 6% Zinc, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel 8.1 g 18.03 cents
Q&A Related to "What Is the Composition of a 1984 Penny"
The 2008 US Cent is composed of a 99.2% zinc and .8% copper core with a plating of pure copper.
The 1983 and later dated pennies are comprised of a zinc core covered
The US Mint maintains a chart of the specifications for coins on their website (see reference). Found with a simple web search. Source(s): http://www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/ind
The penny remained 95% copper & 5% zinc until '82, & was then changed to 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper!
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