Nickles too. I know a fellow who has thirty five ammo cans full. I suspect tghey may be on to something. When we look at the tenuous situation in Europe and the fragile existence of teh Euro, it actually makes some sense. Copper has been kind of drifty for the last month, trending somewhat lower, but it remains a good indicator for future market activity.
PMBug, yes I told them (that the metal value was higher than the 5 cents), when a nickel was worth some 7 cents. All I got from the tellers ($20 worth at a pop) was that same slack-jawed-vacant stare I always get like I´m from another planet when I mention gold to people...
The banks don´t (didn´t) have a problem giving them out in $20.00 amounts.
Nickels are heavy! I keep some stored at my office (a small room, just me, in a small building, but with a concrete floor).
Not to make any of you guys JEALOUS or anything, but in an hour or two I will join two of my brothers-in-law in knocking back a couple shots of Havana Club...
I saw that DCFusor delivered some of the emoticons, good job DCF!
I'm actually a copper bug, though most of it isn't pennies. Flashing, bus bars, sheets, castings. pipes, wire....I just pick up the stuff whenever I see a deal. I have perhaps 2-3 tons of it in the junkyard. I like working with the stuff in my hobby-machine-physics-shop.
In fact, I collect metals and alloys in general, mostly the higher value ones, but that would include stainless steel, titanium, lead, tin, aluminum, antimony...platinum, palladium, rhenium, tungsten, cadmium, selenium, cobalt, nickel, monel, vanadium, niobium, bismuth, indium (that one's real stackable and only going up fast in price), chromium, tantalum..and others - lots of variety. You never know what you might want when it's time to rebuild a world.
Really old lead is valuable to physics types. Freshly refined lead has some radioactivity, which makes for background noise in sensitive measurements. So 100+ year old lead flashing and pipes get a big premium if you know who likes that sort of thing.
Thanks DoChen, I found them around the web and have been collecting them. More to come if they're wanted here. I like this one for how the "little girls" that make up the market have been acting lately::flail: