What’s the value of a pound of pennies?

A pound of pennies made with the design that came out in 1982 is worth $1.81. Each penny weighs 2.5 grammes, and there are 181 of them in a pound. From 1962 to 1982, there was less copper in the plating of pennies. Since each penny weighs 3.11 grammes, one pound of them is worth about $1.45.

From 1909 to 1982, people made pennies that weigh 3.11 grammes each. A pound of these coins is worth $1.45. The only penny that was a different weight during that time was the zinc penny from 1943. Because it didn’t have copper, each zinc penny weighed about 2.70 grammes. About $1.68 is what a pound of 1943 pennies is worth.

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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