WASHINGTON -- Given rising metal prices, the pennies and nickels in your pocket are worth more melted down than their face value -- and that has the government worried.I have believed for several years that we are headed for a depression. Not a recession, but a depression. Stories like this one only serve to reinforce my belief. My only question is, how is anyone going to know where the copper in that bar came from?
U.S. Mint officials said Wednesday they were putting into place rules prohibiting the melting down of 1-cent and 5-cent coins, with a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for people convicted of violating the rule. source
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