pale zinc-coated steel for a year in the war

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passengerman

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chinese
Hi all;


Does it mean ” steel was used for a year” ?

"Copper Lincoln cents—pale zinc-coated steel for a year in the war—figure in my earliest impressions of money."


(John Updike, "A Sense of Change." The New Yorker, Apr. 26, 1999)
 
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    I think your understanding is correct. Lincoln cents were copper -- but for a year in the war, they were zinc-coated steel, presumably because copper was needed for the war effort.
     

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    Senior Member
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    I read the complete thought like this: "Copper Lincoln cents—(which were actually) pale zinc-coated steel for a year in the war ..."
     
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