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QUERY: THE CHROME PENNIES OF 1954

The E-Sylum (2/14/2010)


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Tom Kays writes:

At the Google Life Magazine images site, try searching for "chrome pennies.” What was going on in 1954 regarding 24,000 chrome pennies needing to be recalled per the Secret Service? There are several fascinating images of the chrome pennies, and later signs imploring their recall.

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So what gives? Can anyone tell us what the fuss was all about? This was a little before my time, but I don't recall ever hearing about chrome cents. -Editor
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