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Started by capnbirdseye, July 23, 2012, 11:34:27 PM
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Quote from: villa66 on July 24, 2012, 03:43:03 AMMaybe someone who has seen a lot of these coins can tell me if there was some difference between the alloy of the 1912H penny and that of the 1912? To me it seems that the typical 1912H comes much darker than the typical 1912. Does that observation hold up, or is it just my too-small sample giving me a wrong impression? v.
Quote from: Prosit on July 23, 2012, 11:49:45 PMI don't have the 1881-H or 1882 H. Did both years have a No-H or just 1881?
Quote from: capnbirdseye on July 24, 2012, 11:01:54 AMMy 1918 & 1919 H & KN pennies do indeed look more coppery, must be a different alloy used by the contractors
Quote from: Figleaf on July 25, 2012, 01:29:18 PMCant find my source now, but I seem to remember having read somewhere (Feavearyear, maybe?) that in Victorian times, bronzes were darkened at the mint. I think I remember that the reason was so that new, shiny coins wouldn't be taken for gold in bad light. Sorry for vagueness.
Quote from: FosseWay on July 25, 2012, 08:23:19 AMThere's quite a variation in colour among my Victorian, Edwardian and first issue George V pennies, regardless of date or mintmark. As mine are universally of the kind of condition illustrated upthread or, mostly, worse, I'd presumed that such variations were due to whatever the coins have met during their busy lives. But variations in alloy are as good an explanation as any.