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Dr. Tweedbucket
06-14-2011, 09:06 PM
...cent each? :confused:

I wonder what the center filling is these days to cheapen them up?

Magnesium?

Lead?

Creamy Nougat? :YinYang

itkindaworks
06-14-2011, 09:15 PM
Should make them hollow.

Turbozag
06-14-2011, 09:18 PM
Actually, pennies made in 84 and earlier are worth over $0.04 each per copper weight.
Newer ones are worth LESS than a cent. True.. Might be 86 though...

Copper is at $4.13 per pound right now.

bluesjuke
06-14-2011, 09:24 PM
I know this....
.....if you can pick up a penny in one second it is the equivalent of $36 an hour.

So much time, so few pennies.

Endr_rpm
06-14-2011, 09:26 PM
I think they should stop making them, regardless of materials. Switch $1 and $5 denominations to coins.

R13D
06-14-2011, 09:28 PM
They are copper plated zinc.

Stardrake
06-14-2011, 09:31 PM
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_%28U.S._coin%29, the last 100% copper penny was in 1857!

The "copper" pennies we oldies remember were technically either bronze (95% copper, 5% tin and zinc) or brass (95% copper, 5% zinc). Bronze was from 1946-1962, brass from 1962-1981. They changed in 1982 to copper-plated zinc.

BigViolin
06-14-2011, 09:31 PM
They lack tone, replace with a callaham.

Marble
06-14-2011, 09:50 PM
i thought current pennies already did cost more than a cent

XKnight
06-14-2011, 10:08 PM
...cent each? :confused:

I wonder what the center filling is these days to cheapen them up?

Magnesium?

Lead?

Creamy Nougat? :YinYang

Peanut Butter!

george4th
06-14-2011, 10:16 PM
AFAIK, they are worth less than a penny, but then again that benjamin did not cost 100 bucks to make. need to go back to the gold standard. My opinion only.
G

thirsty one
06-14-2011, 10:24 PM
AFAIK, they are worth less than a penny, but then again that benjamin did not cost 100 bucks to make. need to go back to the gold standard. My opinion only.
G

You are correct sir!

GAD
06-14-2011, 10:28 PM
They lack tone, replace with a callaham.

Damn. Beat me to it.

As an added benefit, Callaham pennies have killer sustain. Mine rings for hours in my pocket.

BigViolin
06-14-2011, 10:30 PM
I saw the word "zinc" and couldn't help it.

tiktok
06-14-2011, 11:49 PM
...cent each? :confused:

I wonder what the center filling is these days to cheapen them up?

Magnesium?

Lead?

Creamy Nougat? :YinYang

Oh, it's a big secret. (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=when+were+the+last+copper+pennies+minted%3F)

Dr. Tweedbucket
06-15-2011, 04:52 AM
Oh, it's a big secret. (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=when+were+the+last+copper+pennies+minted%3F)



Really? :huh .... because it's all over Google :red

Tonekat
06-15-2011, 08:46 AM
I have one of the steel cents they produced back during...WWII? Got a bunch of the "wheat-backs" too.

silvertone1481
06-15-2011, 08:57 AM
I have one of the steel cents they produced back during...WWII? Got a bunch of the "wheat-backs" too.

How much are those steel one worth? I have one too.

Tonekat
06-15-2011, 09:32 AM
I found this on about.com:

Question: How Much is a 1943 Penny Worth?
When people find a silver colored 1943 penny, they are often surprised, thinking they have found a great rarity, since all U.S. pennies are copper. Aren't they?
Answer: The 1943 silver colored penny is a wartime issue made of steel, and coated with zinc. During World War II, copper was so badly needed for the war effort (to make shell casings) that the U.S. penny was made out of steel that year, which is why most 1943 pennies are silver colored. They are worth about 12 to 15 cents each in ciruclated condition, and as much as 50 cents or more if Uncirculated.

There are a few error coins known from 1943, where the penny was accidently struck in copper. These are extremely rare, but if you think you might have a 1943 copper penny, here's how to find out if your 1943 copper penny is genuine (http://coins.about.com/od/uscoins/qt/1943copperpenny.htm).

Wow, certain dates of wheat pennies are worth a lot, but only a very few. But all are worth at least triple their face value.

silvertone1481
06-15-2011, 10:23 AM
I found this on about.com:

Question: How Much is a 1943 Penny Worth?
When people find a silver colored 1943 penny, they are often surprised, thinking they have found a great rarity, since all U.S. pennies are copper. Aren't they?
Answer: The 1943 silver colored penny is a wartime issue made of steel, and coated with zinc. During World War II, copper was so badly needed for the war effort (to make shell casings) that the U.S. penny was made out of steel that year, which is why most 1943 pennies are silver colored. They are worth about 12 to 15 cents each in ciruclated condition, and as much as 50 cents or more if Uncirculated.

There are a few error coins known from 1943, where the penny was accidently struck in copper. These are extremely rare, but if you think you might have a 1943 copper penny, here's how to find out if your 1943 copper penny is genuine (http://coins.about.com/od/uscoins/qt/1943copperpenny.htm).

Wow, certain dates of wheat pennies are worth a lot, but only a very few. But all are worth at least triple their face value.

Mine came in a little display holder made of paperboard and has a price label on it.....$2.00. D'oh!

smallbutmighty
06-15-2011, 10:57 AM
i thought current pennies already did cost more than a cent

They do...to manufacture. They do not in metal value alone.

R13D
06-15-2011, 11:42 AM
Here's 100 million of them...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2179/2151682524_daec4aeec9.jpg

silvertone1481
06-15-2011, 11:54 AM
Here's 100 million of them...
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2179/2151682524_daec4aeec9.jpg

That's awesome. Now do it with 100 dollar bills.:D