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  1. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    I've seen some examples in the past of copper pennies looking significantly lighter in color than the traditional copper tone associated with copper pennies.

    I display mine in a display tower that is not in contact with direct sunlight ever. I never wear it either. So is there a possibility for the copper finish to fade from extended displaying?

    Sounds like a silly question, but just something I thought I'd ask.

    Thanks

    David
     
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  2. Funky-Trixtar

    Funky-Trixtar Me ,some time ago............. Premium Member

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    Might be due to paint oxidation. Natural discolouration caused by being in the atmosphere.
     
  3. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    so If I were to leave it in the display indoors...out of direct sunlight.....should retain its original color?
     
  4. CarGuy

    CarGuy Oakley Expert Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    I would say no, that contact with air is a greater contributor to oxidation than UV.
     
  5. David_Oakley

    David_Oakley Oakley Enthusiast

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    well that is certainly not the answer I was hoping for...but truth hurts ;)

    so this begs a follow up questions......the copper finish is not real copper is it? or is it?

    Are there any collectors on here that have displayed their copper pennies the entire time of ownership (for years) without issues of discoloration etc?
     
  6. Funky-Trixtar

    Funky-Trixtar Me ,some time ago............. Premium Member

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    The only problem here is it will be a subjective answer, not an objective one.........
     
  7. CarGuy

    CarGuy Oakley Expert Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    To the best of my knowledge the finish is a copper plating with a clear coating over.
    I would think if this were not the case that the copper finish would corrode much quicker than it appears to degrade.