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Electroplating is the deposition of a metallic coating by putting a negative charge on an object and exposing it to a solution containing a metal salt. The positively charged metal ions in the salt solution are attracted to the object and reduced to metallic form upon it. Pennies or other coins are plated for promotional purposes in a variety of metals including zinc, nickel, silver and even gold. Nickel plated pennies can even attract a magnet. Plating shops nickel plate thousands of these at a time as a giveaway, and nickel is magnetic. Since they have no additional numismatic value and are not minted this way by the U.S. Mint they do not have increased value.



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