Ever think about scrapping old coins, even some of the copper pennies made from before 1982? Well it is a very tempting idea, but believe it or not it is illegal to do. Scrapping U.S. Currency (as well as many other nations currencies) is illegal and you will find it very hard to sell the old coins to your local scrap yard.
We have answered many questions from people about scrapping copper pennies because the value of the copper has become worth more then a penny, but it still will be very difficult (if not impossible) to find anyone to take a penny…well, for more then a penny a piece.
Some coins that you can scrap would be non U.S. currency brass coins, whether they are commemorative coins or other brass ones from game centers or even from casinos.
It might be fun for you to try to melt down the pennies, but know that when you are doing so that you are doing something illegal and is not recommended. Hope this gives you a little more insight on scrapping old coins!