"Melt Value" of copper coinage

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by The Eidolon, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Was thinking about the floor for the value of old copper/bronze coinage.
    With current prices, it looks like copper is about $10/kg = 1 cent per gram.
    So if one could buy a UK large penny-sized coin for $0.10 US, would one be
    getting that coin at close to the underlying metal value?

    Or have I slipped an order of magnitude in my estimate somewhere?
    Not that I endorse melting down old coppers, but it's kind of amazing if some of them can be had for only a little over the underlying metal value.
    Big Copper 1 copy.jpg Big Copper 2 copy.jpg
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  3. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    I'd buy those for ten cents any day. They're from the 1800s! :woot:
  4. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Sorry, photo was for illustrative purposes only. Most of those were 25 cents!
    (A few were more, though.)
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  5. Siberian Man

    Siberian Man Senior Member Moderator

    The coin of Honduras is rather rare and expensive.
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