Should the ban on melting pre-1983 copper cents be lifted?
In the 1960's the ban on melting silver coins only lasted a few years. The copper plated zinc cents have been minted for almost 40 years. The so-called "coin shortage" of the past 8 months or so, is over, even though some businesses wont admit it. The government is most likely more concerned about the environmental damage from the melting process, rather than a new coin shortage these days. I think it is time to lift the ban. I just got rid of my hoard though.