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Poll: Do You Keep Or Spend 1982 And Before Copper Cents?

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 Posted 11/18/2018  6:50 pm Show Profile   Check HoboNickelCarver's eBay Listings Check HoboNickelCarver's eCrater Listings Bookmark this topic Add HoboNickelCarver to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Poll Question
I know some people save old copper pennies.
I thought it would be interesting to ask a poll question,

Do You Keep Or Spend 1982 and Before Copper Cents?

Thanks for taking the poll, and feel free to comment.

Poll Choices
  Keep Them
  Spend Them

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 Posted 11/18/2018  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Check Fuzzy317's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All coins in my change are sorted. I separate silver from clad, nickels: wartime silver from the rest, Statehood from AIB quarters, and copper cents from zincolns. I hang on to the copper cents.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  7:36 pm  Show Profile   Check Tanman2001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Tanman2001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I keep all the copper ones when I search through rolls. Eventually I might sell them in bulk but if I need money I have a few hundred dollars stashed away now.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I only save LWCs and 1959s, although honestly not sure why I even bother on the '59s.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I only save LWCs. I figure they may come in handy for a trade one day or at the very least a dealer will buy them for double face value.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  10:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sharkman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All change goes to my lovely wife who hoards it to buy clothes with. Makes me feel less guilty about buying expensive coins.
The oldest coins I encounter in circulation are Jefferson nickels from the '40s and 50s. Except for War Nickels, there was no change in design or composition in the Jeffersons to cause people to pull them from circulation.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  11:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinHunter27 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I keep them. For the value of copper right now I can make a large profit. Someday I hope I'll find a way to sell them.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  11:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jim7219 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have been keeping them for tbe copper
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 Posted 11/18/2018  11:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jim7219 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great job.
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 Posted 11/18/2018  11:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm on the Wheat cent band waggon.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  08:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scstrawn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I keep them to use in elongated cent machines (Penny Presses) at Disneyworld.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  08:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Keep.

Not because I want to cash in when the value of copper breaks records, but because the thought of them being melted for scrap is unsettling.
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Wow! The poll is getting very close to 50-50. Thank you all for your votes and comments. Keep them coming.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  09:54 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I keep them to use in elongated cent machines (Penny Presses) at Disneyworld.

Same here. If I'm in the USA and get a pre-1982 copper cent in change that I don't need for my collection, I keep it to use in squashed penny machines as I prefer not to get the streaky effect you get when pressing zinc pennies! The only ones I put back into circulation are filthy tarnished ones that wouldn't look great when squashed.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  10:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I keep the wheats. The rest go into the community change or charity collection bins at the register.
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 Posted 11/19/2018  11:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I used to save them but then said to myself ;" What Am I Crazy ",I'm not getting anywhere . Copper would have to go to about $5 a pound to be worth while, and then you would have to be allowed by law to melt them .
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