Definitions for "1974 aluminum cent"
The 1974 aluminum cent was a proposed cent produced by the United States Mint in 1973. It was composed of aluminum, and intended to replace the predominantly copper/zinc cent due to the rising costs of making the penny in the traditional bronze alloy. 1.5 million examples were struck in anticipation of release, but never released into circulation. Some examples were passed out to US Congressmen in a bid to win favor in switching to the new alloy.