What Are American Coins Made Of?

The so-called copper penny is not pure copper, and the nickel is not pure nickel!

A United States penny is 95 percent copper and five percent zinc. A nickel is three- quarters copper and only one- quarter nickel. The dime, quarter, half-dollar, and dollar coins that are minted today do not contain silver.

They are made of a copper core covered with a layer of metal containing three-quarters copper and one-quarter nickel.

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