How Many Pennies Per Pound
Ever wonder how many pennies there were in a pound of pennies?
This changes based on the type of metal that makes up the penny. See below for details:
Metal Content of Pennies
Pennies per Pound*
147 copper pennies per pound
182 zinc pennies per pound
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*Figures may vary with actual coins weighed due to wear and tear, potential corrosion, and various dirt that can fixate to the coins.
Copper pennies were minted in 1982 and older. Zinc pennies were minted in 1982 and newer. The exception is in 1943 when the penny was minted out of steel.
There are approximately 147 copper pennies per pound.
Read: Cost to Make a Penny
Wheat cents come in with the same basic weight as copper cents, though there are many more metal impurities in them. The impurities are considered to be insignificant as those impurities generally make up less than 1% of the overall coin. Note that the most of these impurities are tin.
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