to be worth $6.85? No, it is recognized to be worth that, and the fact that it is not melted down, but has been quantified into a certain size and shape with dates engraved or stamped on it certifies that worth.
Why then would you need to melt down a real penny or a nickel to obtain and/or store that worth? Are they not also set sizes and weights with identifying marks stamped on them?
It ain't like the FED is going to quit inventing money, and having a store of wealth in tangible commodities, gold, silver, copper, etc. is a good thing. Even better to me that I can roll them up, count them, and easily set a value on them since they are not melted down.
*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*
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