I heard, many years ago that there were both copper and zinc 1982 cents minted. I know that 1982 was when the switch to copper plated zinc cents began, but I also know that there are copper 1982s out there, so, how many coppers vs. zincs in 1982s are out there? And are copper 1982s worth any more than say, a copper 1981 or whatever other pre-1982 year that the Memorial Lincoln cent was made out of copper? Oh, and didn't the metal planchet company intentionally supply a few coppers for 1982 cents, just to get rid of what was left of their copper supply, or are copper 1982s considered a mistake, or error? Finally, I know there was a way from the way the dates were stamped into the copper cents differently from the zinc cents and you can tell them apart somehow, but I am not a good enough collector to tell the difference, so I just hoard pre-1982s, just to be safe. One more thing. Are they eventually going to let people melt down, JUST the copper cents for their copper value as they did with silver coins? And also, aren't the copper cents in circuation today similar in value to the silver coinage back in 1965? I know silver was cheaper back then, but then as the price of silver rose, people hoarded all silver coins, so, is this scenario going to happen with copper cents eventually? I am noticing less and less coppers in circulation and wanted to start hoarding them weres ago when they weren't worth crap, but now, as my mom gives one of my brothers her cents, because she hates cents and don't use them very much, I cull trough them and take out the pre-1982s. I still can't believe that my mom gets a wheatie still, every now and then. I snatch those guys up for my collection. Oops...Noticed I used the word "zinc" in this thread's title twice. Sorry about that.