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If you have a pre-1982 penny lying around, here's a newsflash: Because of its copper content, it's worth more than a penny. That's why people are hoarding pre-1982 pennies until the United States either eliminates the penny altogether or legalizes the melting of pennies. But long ago, there was a lady who -- instead of hoarding her last pennies -- gave them away.
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To explain, we start with a lesson in metallurgy. Before 1982, the penny was made of copper. But that year, the cost of the copper required to create one penny rose above 1¢. So since 1982, the U.S. Mint coined pennies made primarily of zinc. That was cost-efficient until 2006 when the penny production cost rose to 1.23¢. In 2012, it costs 2.41¢ to make a penny.
Legislation is now...