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When was the last copper penny made?


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October 22, 1982 the American penny's composition was changed to copper-plated zinc.

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Up until 1982, U.S. pennies were a type of bronze, 95% copper, with the remainder tin and zinc. Since 1982, they are composed of 97.5% zinc, with a copper coating. Both types were minted in 1982.

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