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  1. #31
    May 2014
    southern Indiana
    white 4900/d
    103 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I save copper pennies. Not because I want to melt them down, more than copper is worth more and that it is a malleable metal. I also save large aluminum wire which can be worked into something you might need. When things go south and we can't get what we need, it will be worth a lot to have material on hand to work with, legal or not. For instance, right now I am needing a shim for my scope. A penny is more than enough to make a whole set of shims, but of course I don't use them because I have othe copper available to use.

  2. #32

    Sep 2012
    516 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Sure, it's an academic distinction, but . . .

    It is not illegal to melt (or otherwise process) US 1-cent or 5-cent coins per se. It is only illegal to melt/process them in order to get the metal from them for the purpose of recycling that metal. If you have some other reason to melt them (ie: Art, education, anger, etc), you can do so.
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  3. #33
    Sep 2013
    Somewhere directly above the center of the Earth.
    9774 times
    You go on the defensive just like I do. I try to NOT do that. It is self defeating.

    I use my own value guage.. If it looks cool.. It's worth maybe something.
    Value is a very subjective thing.
    Just my two Wheaties.


  4. #34

    Jan 2017
    Taxechusetts (It sucks)
    The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.
    61 times
    Not Coin Roll Hunting
    People ought to know how to use the resources they already have, and not pose silly questions to the community. I gave up on pennies two years ago. Varieties are hard to find and very rare (something like a 2000 wide AM is 1/10000 or more). Copper pennies are worthless because you will never be able to melt them. I took all mine to the bank and got $530. Wheats are worth 3 cents each an 1 every three rolls, meaning that your E-V for a $25 box is $0.35. Don't waste your time.
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