Let’s face it. The current economic times are shaky. But I was recently clued in by a recent email about a fact overlooked by the media:
Apparently the dollar has fallen so low, and the bullion value has risen to the point where pennies are now worth more in copper than their currency value!
They’re the only non-fiat currency we have left in this country! Empty your piggy banks before they drop the grid on us! AAAAAAUGH!
Just kidding. Don’t go trying to melt down your pennies – First of all, it’s a hoax. And it’s not just a hoax, it’s illegal. And it’s not just illegal, it won’t work.
Pennies made before 1982 are worth a fraction of a penny more in copper, but you physically couldn’t carry enough to make a significant profit (a 24-ounce bottle, filled to the brim, is about $16 worth of pennies which would rake in about $4 profit, roughly).
Anyway, forget about all of that. What I’m about to suggest is perfectly legal, definitely has the potential to at least triple money you already have, and could be used as an excuse to spend an afternoon with family (or a really boring date)…
This, my friends, is a “wheat penny”. Instantly identifiable, even common wheat pennies are worth 3 cents to collectors, as long as they are in reasonably good condition. And there is still plenty of them in circulation. As a personal experiment, I went through the change bucket in my room, which had about $8 in pennies. In about 10 minutes, I found I had 5 3-cent wheats and even 2 5-cent ones! It may not be worth your time to dig around your house for a couple of extra cents worth of coinage, but if it’s something you keep an eye out for and seperate as soon as a cashier hands you change, it can quickly add up!