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Short answer: The last year for copper cents in the U.S. was 1982, when the composition was changed from 95% copper/5% zinc to 97.5% zinc/2.5% copper.

If the question was about Canadian cents, those were 98% copper until 1996, before switching to zinc for three years, and changing again to steel in 2000.

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Q: When did they stop making pennies out of copper?
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Why did the us stop making pennies out of copper?

Due to the rising price of copper, pennies were worth more than face value.

When did they stop making pure copper pennies?

Pennies were never PURE copper. Those made before 1982 were 95% copper with 5% zinc (or zinc with tin in older ones).

What year during world war 2 did they stop making copper pennies?


What year did Canada stop making copper pennies?

1997 was they year that they went to 98.4% zinc, 1858-1996 was 95%-98% copper.

When did pennies stop being all copper?

1860 The last copper pennies were made in England, and the same year the first bronze pennies were made.

What are the most important uses of copper?

Making pennies!

Why did the pennies stop being made of copper?

copper is too expensive and limited.

Why did they stop making pennies out of copper?

They stopped when they realized it cost more to make the penny then the penny was worth. Any one could just get pennies, melt them down, and sell them for more than the pennies were worth.

What day and year did they stop making pennies?

they still make pennies

When did they stop making solid copper pennies?

Solid copper pennies were last minted in 1857 and were much larger than today's penny. Pennies were made mostly of copper until mid-1982, when the composition was changed to 97.5% zinc with a plating of 2.5% copper. The only exception was in 1943 when wartime copper shortages forced the Mint to make pennies out of scrap steel. Bronze cents were resumed the next year, 1944.

When they stop making wheat pennies?

The last year for wheat pennies was 1958.

What metal is used for making pennies?

Originally pennies were made of copper. They are now made mainly of zinc.

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