What is the value of a pound of pennies?

A pound of pennies made from the 1982 design is worth $1.81 and contains 181 pennies weighing 2.5 grammes each. The copper plating of pennies manufactured between 1962 and 1982 is thinner. A pound of those pennies is worth around $1.45 based on their weight of 3.11 grammes each.

Pennies issued from 1909 to 1982 weigh 3.11 grammes each and are worth $1.45 per pound. The 1943 zinc pennies are the only ones with a different weight due to their lack of copper, weighing around 2.70 grammes each. The value of a pound of 1943 pennies is approximately $1.68.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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