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Anybody knowledgeable of these?

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Not so sure the 82-D qualifies w/o weighing it but when looking for value in circulated Lincoln cents the lowest hanging fruit is copper melt value.  Not that you can legally melt cents for the copper but there's plenty of precious metals buyers out there with the hopes that someday you will be able to.  Might as well say they're also hopeful that developing countries will explode with a copper need not satisfied by current available levels.  ....or even that they're banking on some sort of cataclysmic global economic collapse and "all we'll have left with any value is all the gold & silver & copper & <insert any other precious metal that would be far less valuable if no industrial production needs existed for it>"...but I digress.

http://coinapps.com/copper/penny/calculator/   ----- a little less than 2 cents of copper in each as of today's posting.

Last I recalled you could get close to 3 pounds of copper from one box of $25 in Lincoln cents.  Due to shipping costs, anything less than a 10 pound lot doesn't make a lot of sense and has a very thin margin for net profit.

Using a Ryedale sorter or similar machine [possible to DIY if you're so inclined] you could separate out all the coppers rather quickly.  Then you could decide if you'd like to market it all as unsearched copper cents or search them yourself for varieties.  Keeping in mind that most cent varieties found in circulated condition aren't valued as much as you'd hope.


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