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look like copper, but also contain a white metal which I believe is zinc.  It melts out and separates when heated.  

All the same, they are worth more as metal than as currency.  

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by Gaianne on Wed Apr 29th, 2009 at 02:48:53 AM EST
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isn't that why it's illegal to collect them and melt them down?
or is that myth?

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Apr 29th, 2009 at 03:14:02 AM EST
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In most countries it's illegal to destroy the physical tokens used to represent money, because the central bank needs to know how many such tokens are around in order to make monetary policy, in order to conduct token switch-overs (when you get a new edition of bills - say with improved security features.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Apr 29th, 2009 at 03:28:25 AM EST
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