Metals Used In U.S. Coinage

Can you name the metallic elements that are currently used by the U.S. mint?
Bullion are non-circulating coins produced by the U.S. mint generally used for investing in precious metals
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Last updated: January 30, 2020
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Penny
97.5%
Zinc
2.5%
Copper
 
 
Nickel
75%
Copper
25%
Nickel
Dime / Quarter / 50 Cent
91.67%
Copper
8.33%
Nickel
 
 
Dollar Coin
88.5%
Copper
6%
Zinc
3.5%
Manganese
2%
Nickel
Bullion
Gold
Silver
Platinum
Palladium
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Level 83
Jan 30, 2020
Embarrassing -- I was evidently the fourth person to take the quiz, and the only one of the four not to guess palladium.
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Level 79
Jan 30, 2020
You now have company. Had no idea about it.
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Level 72
Jan 31, 2020
I claim the most embarrassment. I have worked 30 years in the precious metals industry and failed to guess palladium or platinum
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Level 88
Jan 31, 2020
I just started guessing metallic elements for that and manganese...
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2020
I missed that and manganese
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2020
Hmmmm, what metal could possibly be in a "nickel"????? Maybe change the clue to 5 cent piece . . .
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Level 72
Feb 1, 2020
On that basis one would expect a dime to be made of chocolate and butterscotch
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2020
Hey I missed it!
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Level 73
Feb 25, 2020
even worse, i almost misspelled it
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Level 88
Jan 31, 2020
I find it hilarious there's 30x more copper in a nickel than a penny (as percent of total), but the penny is the copper-colored coin.
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Level 45
Feb 6, 2020
Source?
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Level ∞
Feb 7, 2020
U.S. Mint. Too lazy too Google it right now.
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Level 75
Feb 17, 2020
Is this an admission or an accusation? :)
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Level 67
Feb 17, 2020
Got all but one without really pausing, then spend 1,5 minute to think if I left out an obvious metal (well I did, about a minute in I remembered lead, obviously it wasnt in it). Finally tried manganese, and dont know where that came from, was surprised it was right! (Had also tried tin and gallium but I knew that wasnt gonna be right)
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Level 67
Feb 17, 2020
Interesting btw how people do think of platinum and not palladium. I would have expected a bigger gap between platinum and gold/silver than between platinum and palladium.
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Level 54
Feb 17, 2020
Most people can name silver, gold and platinum as the "three main precious metals"
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Level 57
Feb 17, 2020
Agreed with dovakhiin1. Platinum was obvious to me but palladium I only got by brute-forcing metals.
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Level 54
Feb 17, 2020
Had no idea about manganese or palladium. Otherwise got 'em all.
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Level 49
Jun 2, 2020
Got all of them.
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Level 22
Aug 20, 2020
I loooove refrigerators