Copper coins

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Oooh_look2001, Feb 4, 2023.

  1. Recently, I have accumulated a hefty amount of copper pennies, all searched lincoln memorials. I thought of selling them for 95% their total weight in copper. I really dont know if I should sell them or not and where to sell them. As of February 4, 2023, the price of copper per pound is $4.04 but I am waiting until that increases. I have 20 pounds of these pennies which is overpowered when it is used as weights for my afternoon exercises.
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  3. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    That's the price for PURE clean copper and good luck getting close to that from a metals recycling center.
    Considering that the memorial cents are 95% copper and 5% tin...
    95% of total weight isn't a bargain?
    As of now your still not allowed to melt cents to recycle the metals.
    I know a guy that took 1000 copper cents and sculpted an eagle for his metal detecting shop.
    Someone really liked it and traded him paper money for it.
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Don't even bother taking them to the scrap yard.
    They won't buy them.

    You're better off rolling them up and depositing at your bank.
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  5. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    It's illegal to melt copper pennies as rte said. I don't know why. And @paddyman98 is right, the scrap yards will not take them.
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  6. Jeffjay

    Jeffjay Well-Known Member

    I know it's impractical to melt them even if you could because of the tin added tp the copper. Still I can't bring myself to get rid of any that I acquire based on their copper value. I have a lot of them but oh well, they'll always be worth a penny.
  7. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Just an idea....
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  8. Well, time to use them as weights then. It would be nice to know that my muscles would be made from money, literally. Cold hard body physique from cold hard coins.
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  9. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    At 12.5 cents on the dollar? No Thanks.
    The only coins that I send to one of those is from metal detecting.
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