I have a penny that’s not like the others. (On the right.) It sounds very subtly wrong when I drop it. The edge is rounded and made greyish base metal that wraps around and covers a tiny bit of “United States of America”. The color is off, and the images are in very crude relief compared to the genuine article.
It’s dated 1998 and weighs 2.46 grams when it should weigh 2.5. When I grab the edge with pliers, it scrapes off easily to reveal a bright and silvery base metal. No seam, even when I scraped off a full section of the edge.
So it’s not a spy coin or a smuggling coin or an obvious magic trick, but what is it? I can’t imagine that anyone would bother to fake a penny in 1998, but it looks like someone did.