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    Copper on the increase ???

    Been watching Bloomberg stock financials lately, and noticed a slow but steady increase in price of copper worldwide. Does anyone have good insight to this, or is it just some FAKE NEWS

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    I've been watching copper prices for about 10 yrs now because I've been collecting copper cents from change for around the same time. Due to today's copper price, each copper cent is worth 1.75 cents for their copper content. I have about 10,000 saved now - $100 which is now valued at $175 for their copper. Maybe the guv'mint will cancel their foolish ban on the melting of cents and nickels. I think copper will slowly go up from now on.

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    Goose: I feel the same way, and am going to hold on to them as long as possible. Where else can you get a 75% return on your money, pending how much time cash is hung up.

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    Good to know. I'll be keeping the 3' pinkey-thick solid copper ground rod I found the other day. That's got to be worth some change.

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    Has anyone ever used the Ryedale copper cent sorter? I bought one about 8-9 years ago and that machine was amazing. The main problem I had with it was feeding it. It was a PIG. It would sort a $50 bag of cents (5000) in less than 15 minutes. Feed in the top hopper, turn it on and click, click, click. Two chutes: copper one way and zinc the other. I fineally gave up keeping my coppers because I ran out of storage space under my bed. I think I sold them for 1.5 cents each. some guy was out here on business (SoCA) and he drove them home to TX. (overloaded his trunk) I paid my self back and then bought a new laptop for my daughter who was just starting college. Another reason I quit was I developed a hernia from toting coins from the bank and rejects back to the bank. (also did half dollar coin roll hunting. sometimes bringing home 2-3 full $500 boxes of halves so I could pull out the silver, but then that is another t-net forum)


    It would jam every now and then but that was because of sticky or gummy coins. I am sure his machines are even better now. (the price has almost doubled) If I remember I sold it for what I paid.

    http://www.pennysorter.com/
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    When I did yard sales I was dollardan. No yard sales where I am now.

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    Cyberdan: I seriously thought about buying one just for the COPPER sorting, but since I also date search/sort all in one operation, I talked myself out of it. I'm sure that IF the govt goes off the penny standard, and the price of copper goes up again, RYDALES will be in big demand.
    Back in 2010-11 when copper prices were high, there were several guys that posted results etc on the Rydale. For now I still sort by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozer D View Post
    ...but since I also date search/sort all in one operation
    I would always pre-sort before the machine, it was fast. I would sit on my bed at just the right angle from my window or a side light. I put a big old towel on the bed then grab a big handful of coins. I would then quickly spread out all the coins. because of the angle of the light bouncing off the cents I could quickly spot every wheatie cent. I filled an entire $25 cent box you would get from a bank that way.
    When I did yard sales I was dollardan. No yard sales where I am now.

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    Copper is going up, without a doubt, I deal in low voltage electrical and my manufacturers have already warned me of an increase coming.

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    This calculator is flawed in calculating the melt value of US penny coinage.
    Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator - Pre-1982 U.S. 95% Copper Pennies

    Copper Price per Pound:
    Price Spread: %
    Amount of Wear: %

    Total Copper Value:
    (USD - U.S. Dollar)
    Ounces: 1,042.17
    Pounds: 65.136
    Grams: 29,545.00
    Kilos: 29.545

    5% Price Spread (USD)


    Copper pennies: The safest bet in years… But what has everybody been missing?

    For close to a decade now, the copper penny craze has been getting more and more exposure. ( The news that 1 penny is worth over 2 pennies seems to spread fast.) Even in 1982, when the penny was first switched over to zinc construction, investors were hedging their bets by buying dozens of boxes of copper cent pieces. 30 years and over 100% gains later, the rest of the world is catching on.
    While the value of the US dollar drops, so too drops the value of the copper penny; at the same time, the value of copper and zinc is going up, up, up! This has lead to the metal value of pre-82 pennies – weighing in at 3.11 grams per copper penny (or 146 copper pennies per pound) – to be worth 2.2¢ each as of today.
    But, when talking to a copper penny “hoarder,” I often realize: They have no idea how the second-hand commodities market works! In fact, some copper penny hoarders are so far detached from the scrap copper market that they think copper pennies should have a premium over scrap value!
    Just to be clear, I think collecting and saving copper pennies is a phenomenal investment, especially in a SHTF scenario. But you should never BUY copper pennies at a premium, and here is why:

    1. Copper Pennies Are NOT 100% Copper!

      In fact, copper pennies made during or before ’62 are 5% tin and zinc, and Copper pennies made after ’62 are 5% zinc! This was done to make the pennies a little more corrosion resistant, and a lot stronger. It wasn’t until 1982 that pennies started getting minted with 97.5% zinc. (Surprisingly, there are many people in the US that don’t know that the modern day penny is zinc. )
    2. Copper Pennies Are NOT Worth Copper Spot Price!

      Every time I discuss hoarding with a penny hoarder, they continuously push copper spot price in my face. What many don’t understand (not all, but many) is that copper pennies are worth nowhere near spot price! Copper spot price is what it costs to buy electrolytically refined pure copper, 25 tonnes at a time! There is not a single refinery in the world that will buy copper pennies for copper spot price. Not one. Buying/selling copper pennies at spot price (or even close to it) is like buying 18k gold at gold spot price. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
    3. Copper Pennies Are NOT Worth Copper Scrap Price!

      Even if the copper penny ban were lifted immediately, copper pennies wouldn’t be worth their weight in #1 copper scrap. Why? Well for starters:
      • Copper Pennies are 5% zinc! Small amounts of contamination – especially an amount like 5% – calls for a relatively large percentage downgrade for any type of copper scrap. It makes refining the metal more expensive, and that extra cost is going to come out of the seller’s pocket, not the buyer’s!
      • Copper Pennies are relatively thin! Scrap copper pennies are a hair under 1/16″ in thickness, which anybody who has sold light copper to a scrap yard knows is not worth as much as thicker walled copper!
      Copper Pennies are hard to buy! If a scrap yard is buying 500 pounds of copper pipes from a plumber, they can simply load them onto a scale and pay you. But if any Joe bring in 500 pounds of copper pennies, the pennies need to first be sifted through for foreign objects (small pieces of steel, balls of lead, etc) to assure that nobody is trying to cheat the scale. This is not too big of a deal… But then the yard would need to check if all the pennies are pre-82! The cheapest, most cost effective method for checking a bag of “supposedly copper” pennies, is to compare its volume to it’s weight. Unfortunately, this is not going to simply be the density of copper because a pile of copper pennies is full of air! Even stacks of rolled copper pennies will still have air (and paper contamination). Both of these hiccups in the buying process are going to make buying copper pennies more of a chore then a treat!
      What that means is, unless you are selling more the a few tons of copper pennies, expect to get ~70% of spot price. If you are selling more then that, then something closer to 85%-90% of spot price is in order. (Still worth saving, by any means!)
    4. Copper Pennies Could Get Hoarded By The US Mint (possibly)

      As I’ve already mentioned, the US mint is currently hiring consultants to find a new one cent piece alloy and 5 cent piece alloy. That means, they know how much their coins are worth. (Heck, they have for a few decades)
      Some coin hoarders are aware where to buy paxil online that in Canada their mint has been pulling and melting all high value metal coinage for about 6 years. This is part of what was dubbed the Alloy Recovery Program or ARP, and it has made their mint profit!
      What is stopping the US Mint from doing the same thing? They apparently had the unwritten power to ban the melting of pennies and nickels in December 2006. What is to stop them from starting their own ARP? What is stopping congress from passing some type of ARP tomorrow?
      There is an estimated 140 billion total US pennies in circulation. Of that, even if 10% are copper, very conservatively, we’re talking about 14 billion copper pennies, which “theoretically” (again, I hate to use spot prices) is $380 million as of today! If you wanted to be more liberal with your estimates, you may find there is over $1.5 billion worth of copper pennies in circulation. (This is not even counting 5-cent pieces!)
      Again, I’m not saying it will happen… but it could happen.
    5. Investing in Copper Pennies is NOT a “Risk-less” Investment

      The US is experiencing stagflation right now, and its dollar is losing value! The US unemployment rate has only dropped 1% since its peak at 10% in late 2009. Inflation is still over 3.5%. An investment in copper pennies, if the melt ban isn’t lifted, is going to be a net loss. A relatively small loss, but a loss none-the-less. (Many agree, however, that potential gains are worth paying a small percentage to inflation if things don’t work out )
    6. Buying Copper Pennies is NOT Equivalent to Buying Regular Copper Bullion

      Before you considering buying copper pennies, ask yourself: “Do I want to just buy un-regulated copper bullion?”
      Unfortunately, copper pennies are just that – government regulated copper bullion. The government is determining it’s value by imposing a melt ban. Do you really want the US government deciding the value of your copper bullion?
      In a penny hoarders’ fantasy, smelters will buy up copper pennies by the ton at spot price. Everybody in the metal industry – everybody – agrees that is not going to happen when the melt ban is lifted. (if the melt ban is lifted). Will they get bought up? YES! Will it be at the same price as any other type of copper scrap? YES! And for the last time, don’t get sucked into the silly idea that copper pennies are “worth their weight in spot-copper.”
      Many investors (the ones who are well versed in buying and selling gold and silver bullion anyway) are calling copper pennies “copper bullion.” While, technically, pennies may fall under a very general definition of “bullion,” that same definition also makes copper pipes “copper bullion” as well. In fact, copper pipes are more fitting to get called “copper bullion” as they are not made of 5% zinc,and there isn’t a melt ban on them.
      The advantages of calling the copper pennies “bullion” is obvious: metal bullion is worth a premium in the eyes of an investor. (Unfortunately, copper water pipes, which can be picked up at any hardware store, are just as pure as any type of “copper bullion” on the market.)

      If you are sorting copper pennies, more power too you! I am as well! But, I have seen some people buy them for more then scrap price. Don’t be that person. Firstly, you shouldn’t be buying copper pennies from anyplace but the bank. Secondly, when you realize that you could have just bought scrap copper , you will feel like a fool.
    7. This is Not the First Melt Ban On Copper Pennies!
      Imagine, for a moment, that it is 1974. Nixon is still in office (3.5 months before the water gate scandal), and copper spot just hit $1.20 per pound! “How can that be?” everybody thought, “Soon that means it will cost more money to make a penny then it is worth!” The Treasury Head quickly released a ban on melting pennies, afraid that if prices rose above $1.50 per pound people would start melting them for quick profits.In the few years that followed, copper pennies were scrutinized by congress, and and plans for aluminum pennies were drafted up! (One rare example still exists!) Unfortunately, interest in making an aluminum penny was shot down by vending machine lobbyist.This small article from 1974 summarizes the feeling at the time. The article clearly states, “The problem is further complicated by ‘hoarders’ and speculators buying up pennies on the assumption it will soon pay to melt them down and sell the copper” 40 years later, and it looks like they were spot on!
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    I have a Ryedale magnetic hand feed sorter. Don't think they still sell them, don't think they were offered for long. I would just watch a movie and drop a $25 box a few times a week. Haven't used it in years but have a decent pile of copper. Always wanted a speedy electronic sorter but couldn't talk myself into. Would be nice to be sitting on a couple tons when the price reaches 10 cents a penny. And who is going to try and steal that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperj View Post
    This calculator is flawed in calculating the melt value of US penny coinage.
    Copper Penny Melt Value Calculator - Pre-1982 U.S. 95% Copper Pennies

    Copper Price per Pound:
    Price Spread: %
    Amount of Wear: %

    Total Copper Value:
    (USD - U.S. Dollar)
    Ounces: 1,042.17
    Pounds: 65.136
    Grams: 29,545.00
    Kilos: 29.545

    5% Price Spread (USD)


    Copper pennies: The safest bet in years… But what has everybody been missing?

    For close to a decade now, the copper penny craze has been getting more and more exposure. ( The news that 1 penny is worth over 2 pennies seems to spread fast.) Even in 1982, when the penny was first switched over to zinc construction, investors were hedging their bets by buying dozens of boxes of copper cent pieces. 30 years and over 100% gains later, the rest of the world is catching on.
    While the value of the US dollar drops, so too drops the value of the copper penny; at the same time, the value of copper and zinc is going up, up, up! This has lead to the metal value of pre-82 pennies – weighing in at 3.11 grams per copper penny (or 146 copper pennies per pound) – to be worth 2.2¢ each as of today.
    But, when talking to a copper penny “hoarder,” I often realize: They have no idea how the second-hand commodities market works! In fact, some copper penny hoarders are so far detached from the scrap copper market that they think copper pennies should have a premium over scrap value!
    Just to be clear, I think collecting and saving copper pennies is a phenomenal investment, especially in a SHTF scenario. But you should never BUY copper pennies at a premium, and here is why:

    1. Copper Pennies Are NOT 100% Copper!

      In fact, copper pennies made during or before ’62 are 5% tin and zinc, and Copper pennies made after ’62 are 5% zinc! This was done to make the pennies a little more corrosion resistant, and a lot stronger. It wasn’t until 1982 that pennies started getting minted with 97.5% zinc. (Surprisingly, there are many people in the US that don’t know that the modern day penny is zinc. )
    2. Copper Pennies Are NOT Worth Copper Spot Price!

      Every time I discuss hoarding with a penny hoarder, they continuously push copper spot price in my face. What many don’t understand (not all, but many) is that copper pennies are worth nowhere near spot price! Copper spot price is what it costs to buy electrolytically refined pure copper, 25 tonnes at a time! There is not a single refinery in the world that will buy copper pennies for copper spot price. Not one. Buying/selling copper pennies at spot price (or even close to it) is like buying 18k gold at gold spot price. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
    3. Copper Pennies Are NOT Worth Copper Scrap Price!

      Even if the copper penny ban were lifted immediately, copper pennies wouldn’t be worth their weight in #1 copper scrap. Why? Well for starters:
      • Copper Pennies are 5% zinc! Small amounts of contamination – especially an amount like 5% – calls for a relatively large percentage downgrade for any type of copper scrap. It makes refining the metal more expensive, and that extra cost is going to come out of the seller’s pocket, not the buyer’s!
      • Copper Pennies are relatively thin! Scrap copper pennies are a hair under 1/16″ in thickness, which anybody who has sold light copper to a scrap yard knows is not worth as much as thicker walled copper!
      Copper Pennies are hard to buy! If a scrap yard is buying 500 pounds of copper pipes from a plumber, they can simply load them onto a scale and pay you. But if any Joe bring in 500 pounds of copper pennies, the pennies need to first be sifted through for foreign objects (small pieces of steel, balls of lead, etc) to assure that nobody is trying to cheat the scale. This is not too big of a deal… But then the yard would need to check if all the pennies are pre-82! The cheapest, most cost effective method for checking a bag of “supposedly copper” pennies, is to compare its volume to it’s weight. Unfortunately, this is not going to simply be the density of copper because a pile of copper pennies is full of air! Even stacks of rolled copper pennies will still have air (and paper contamination). Both of these hiccups in the buying process are going to make buying copper pennies more of a chore then a treat!
      What that means is, unless you are selling more the a few tons of copper pennies, expect to get ~70% of spot price. If you are selling more then that, then something closer to 85%-90% of spot price is in order. (Still worth saving, by any means!)
    4. Copper Pennies Could Get Hoarded By The US Mint (possibly)

      As I’ve already mentioned, the US mint is currently hiring consultants to find a new one cent piece alloy and 5 cent piece alloy. That means, they know how much their coins are worth. (Heck, they have for a few decades)
      Some coin hoarders are aware where to buy paxil online that in Canada their mint has been pulling and melting all high value metal coinage for about 6 years. This is part of what was dubbed the Alloy Recovery Program or ARP, and it has made their mint profit!
      What is stopping the US Mint from doing the same thing? They apparently had the unwritten power to ban the melting of pennies and nickels in December 2006. What is to stop them from starting their own ARP? What is stopping congress from passing some type of ARP tomorrow?
      There is an estimated 140 billion total US pennies in circulation. Of that, even if 10% are copper, very conservatively, we’re talking about 14 billion copper pennies, which “theoretically” (again, I hate to use spot prices) is $380 million as of today! If you wanted to be more liberal with your estimates, you may find there is over $1.5 billion worth of copper pennies in circulation. (This is not even counting 5-cent pieces!)
      Again, I’m not saying it will happen… but it could happen.
    5. Investing in Copper Pennies is NOT a “Risk-less” Investment

      The US is experiencing stagflation right now, and its dollar is losing value! The US unemployment rate has only dropped 1% since its peak at 10% in late 2009. Inflation is still over 3.5%. An investment in copper pennies, if the melt ban isn’t lifted, is going to be a net loss. A relatively small loss, but a loss none-the-less. (Many agree, however, that potential gains are worth paying a small percentage to inflation if things don’t work out )
    6. Buying Copper Pennies is NOT Equivalent to Buying Regular Copper Bullion

      Before you considering buying copper pennies, ask yourself: “Do I want to just buy un-regulated copper bullion?”
      Unfortunately, copper pennies are just that – government regulated copper bullion. The government is determining it’s value by imposing a melt ban. Do you really want the US government deciding the value of your copper bullion?
      In a penny hoarders’ fantasy, smelters will buy up copper pennies by the ton at spot price. Everybody in the metal industry – everybody – agrees that is not going to happen when the melt ban is lifted. (if the melt ban is lifted). Will they get bought up? YES! Will it be at the same price as any other type of copper scrap? YES! And for the last time, don’t get sucked into the silly idea that copper pennies are “worth their weight in spot-copper.”
      Many investors (the ones who are well versed in buying and selling gold and silver bullion anyway) are calling copper pennies “copper bullion.” While, technically, pennies may fall under a very general definition of “bullion,” that same definition also makes copper pipes “copper bullion” as well. In fact, copper pipes are more fitting to get called “copper bullion” as they are not made of 5% zinc,and there isn’t a melt ban on them.
      The advantages of calling the copper pennies “bullion” is obvious: metal bullion is worth a premium in the eyes of an investor. (Unfortunately, copper water pipes, which can be picked up at any hardware store, are just as pure as any type of “copper bullion” on the market.)

      If you are sorting copper pennies, more power too you! I am as well! But, I have seen some people buy them for more then scrap price. Don’t be that person. Firstly, you shouldn’t be buying copper pennies from anyplace but the bank. Secondly, when you realize that you could have just bought scrap copper , you will feel like a fool.
    7. This is Not the First Melt Ban On Copper Pennies!
      Imagine, for a moment, that it is 1974. Nixon is still in office (3.5 months before the water gate scandal), and copper spot just hit $1.20 per pound! “How can that be?” everybody thought, “Soon that means it will cost more money to make a penny then it is worth!” The Treasury Head quickly released a ban on melting pennies, afraid that if prices rose above $1.50 per pound people would start melting them for quick profits.In the few years that followed, copper pennies were scrutinized by congress, and and plans for aluminum pennies were drafted up! (One rare example still exists!) Unfortunately, interest in making an aluminum penny was shot down by vending machine lobbyist.This small article from 1974 summarizes the feeling at the time. The article clearly states, “The problem is further complicated by ‘hoarders’ and speculators buying up pennies on the assumption it will soon pay to melt them down and sell the copper” 40 years later, and it looks like they were spot on!

    By this logic, why are silver coins any different? Because silver coins are worth more X by weight than copper coins? The main reason we collect copper pennies is in hopes that they will be worth 10-20X face value in copper.
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    An interesting last couple of 2018 posts.

    I consider my pre 1982 cents basically Brass .
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    Very interesting and I mostly agree. If it wasn't so cheap to keep them I'd switch it to silver....but copper cents don't cost much. I seem to like nickels too, not sure why but I keep both.
    I think anyone expecting anything from this should expect a long wait and I doubt copper will become rare anytime soon. We'll see in 100 years I guess haha.
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