I recently had a reason to sort pennies.
I had a large cider jar full of change.
First I had to separate the pennies from the other coins, then I had to separate
all of the pennies by date.
1982 or older ( mostly copper)  which you can heat with a torch
& 1983 or newer ( mostly zinc) which you can't.
They will melt.... pretty quickly as a matter of fact;~)

So, anyway, as I was sorting it became clear why a law was passed a while back
saying it was illegal to melt down pennies for their copper.
(The copper in a penny that is 1982 or older is actually worth $0.0249.
Almost 2½ times face value)
The ratio was about 5 to 1,
bad versus good ~ for my needs anyway. 

So what to do with this?
Well....... I could roll them up, or................

I could make something

crafty with them☺

Oh!..... and look what is currently occupying my dining table.

(It's kinda blurry:(

Roma tomatoes, serrano and jalapeno peppers for the
greenhouse we are going to be building if the snow ever flipping melts!


  1. Hi Pat,
    Thanks for the interesting tips about the pennies. I like the idea of making charms out of the pennies. Looks like you got a good crop started.

  2. the penny charms are wonderful. Did you use liquid resin? They look like glass with a copper edge. Missy

  3. Thanks Therese!

    Hi Badger, I did use ICE resin. It was my first time trying it and it is awesome.


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