Dollars are printed-out-of-then-air. - Ron Paul, US Congressional Record.
The US penny was worth its weight up till 1982. It was made of copper.
Today, a 1982 penny melt value is double: 2¢. http://www.coinflation.com/coins/basemetal_coin_calculator.html
"Now, we are on the Zinc standard." - Ron Paul, US Congressional Record.
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