Copper dime

@gangus2 (373)
United States
June 21, 2008 4:13pm CST
I have a dime; 1992 D, it is very worn, but there is no silver color to it. It is all copper. My husband thinks it has been sitting in moisture, I have tried to clean it up, but it is still copper color. Does anyone know how a coin can loose it outer plating? Thanks, Karen
2 responses
@Seppy1984 (2148)
• United States
27 Jun 09
Hello honestly I don't think it is possible. Because with dimes they are solid silver. With pennies copper and so on. I think what you shoud do is go to a coin collector about it. You might just have a rare coin and could be worth some money. I know I would take it to be looked at because you never know what you might really have that is worth money till it's to late. Happy Mylotting
• United States
13 Oct 10
Actually, dimes are not solid silver. They are copper and then silver plated. Coins more often than realized, are not plated due to an error in the minting process. A copper dime can be worth more than the face value, but not a lot, perhaps up to $10, depending on the condition. I would consult a collector to appraise the value.
@mccool (1)
• United States
22 Nov 09
Dimes are cut from copper sheets. The resulting disc is called a planchet. The planchet is then plated in a copper/nickel alloy; giving it a silver appearance. Coins without the silver appearance are known as "unfinished planchets." Unfinished planchets are rare and usually sell for than more than face value. Have the coin appraised by the Professional Coin Grading Service at "WWW.PCGS.COM"