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How could I get my hands on $10 worth of brand new 2022 pennies?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46938points) February 11th, 2022

Here I go again with weird ideas.
We will be repouring sidewalks in the future. I’d like to line the walkway up to the house with shiney copper pennies.
I called my bank and they were at a loss. Said they couldn’t help me.

Any ideas?

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ragingloli's avatar

The bank should be the go-to place.
When I was doing an internship at a computer-shop, that is where they sent me to get rolls of coins for the till

rebbel's avatar

Go to a big department store or a gas station.
They’ll probably have those rolls of coins that @ragingloli is talking about.
Another thing you can try is clean and polish existing pennies.
If you organise it well it can be done rather quickly.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Get some brass cleaner and forget about new pennies, the new ones left to the elements will tarnish very quickly, ones you shine up will tarnish quick enough left outside.
Neat idea, but they aint going to shine for long.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

If you can find the pennies and do use them to line your walkway, I’d love to see some photos.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think I probably have to agree they won’t stay shiney for long so no point in getting brand new ones. Do I really want to polish them once in a while? Be a good job for for the grands!

How about turkey tracks instead….

ragingloli's avatar

You can encase them in plexi-glass or something.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s a thought @ragingloli. Or some sort of clear coat.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Keep it comin’ guys!

HP's avatar

You’ll make the papers, and the neighbors will steal your sidewalk.

ragingloli's avatar

You could get a metal workshop make you custom fake coins with your own design.

HP's avatar

To rain further on your parade, I wonder if it’s legal? And I no longer know which metals compose pennies, but I wouldn’t necessarily look forward to them leeching into my yard.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I was going to suggest the US Mint web page, but they don’t sell bulk coin, just fancy commemoratives.

rebbel's avatar

How about epoxy in 100 dollar bills?

Dutchess_III's avatar

NO @rebbel! Think cheap!

Dutchess_III's avatar

They’re copper @HP. And it wouldn’t matter anyway if they’re sealed.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Another option you have – you could buy bulk shiny quartz – like this

and it will look like the sidewalk is paved with diamonds

ragingloli's avatar

@elbanditoroso
Line the road with that, and you will have the cops visiting every other week looking for a meth lab.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thanks @Inspired_2write. Guess I look on ebay

Dutchess_III's avatar

Do you guys think this is true? If so, neighbors might steal my sidewalk!

Inspired_2write's avatar

Canada phased out pennies on Feb 2 2013.
Possible in the future pennies may be worth something when and If its brought back in again?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Our local Walmart would get new coins first.

HP's avatar

I think you should check up on that copper supposition. Copper is now worth a great deal more than a penny made from one. Which I suspect is one reason the old pennies are so hard to come by. That’s the reason why I question the legality of diverting the coins to your sidewalk. The price of copper being what it is, you could probably make a bundle through melting the pennies down & selling the copper.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I had my kids keep an eye out for pennies with special years. I sent a list of years I’m looking for.
Then my middle daughter sent out 2002, 2005, 2013.
Then she said “I got confused for a second cause I have 4 kids and only 3 years.”
LOL! She has a set of twins!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@HP that’s probably one of the reasons they’re quitting pennies and diverting the copper elsewhere.

JLeslie's avatar

Order them at the bank.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Do you not read the details @JLeslie? Or do you think I’m too stupid not to think of that first?

JLeslie's avatar

^^I guess I didn’t read carefully enough. I would ask someone else at the bank, just to double check that you get the same answer. I don’t think you’re stupid, but the person you talked to might be. The bank orders change, maybe they can request a new roll.

Also, maybe ask friends to collect shiny pennies for you is another option.

They will get discolored fairly quickly outside.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I called 2 different banks

Sigh. Read the thread.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Banks are not selling coins. There is supposedly a shortage. Finding a business to sell rolls would be rare. New coins are especially tough, because of collectors.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Especially since they’re phasing out pennies.

Patty_Melt's avatar

All coins. They are trying to make them obsolete.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well rumor has it they’re minting the last pennies in 2023.

kritiper's avatar

Go to the bank for pennies.
And pennies haven’t been 100% (or, to be exact, 95% copper) copper since 1982. Now they are copper clad zinc. That’s why they corrode so quickly, so badly.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have been to 2 banks. They can’t get 2022 pennies.

When I get them collected I will be sealing them with some laminate before I set them.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Ebay $12.95 a roll.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Making a killing on ebay!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Canada killed it’s penny a few years back.

RocketGuy's avatar

I’d go with @SQUEEKY2 ‘s idea and collect pennies from any source. Polish them up before you seal them. I think vinegar would do it but you have to make sure you wash it well. Brass cleaner would work but you have to make sure to clean the associated oil off of them, otherwise the sealer won’t stick to them.

elbanditoroso's avatar

If I remember my chemistry – you can put pennies in a jar and fill the rest of the jar with Coca Cola or Pepsi, and in a matter of a day, some chemicals from the soda will have cleaned off the pennies.

Google it: CLEAN COINS COKE

Dutchess_III's avatar

But I want to combine shiney new with tarnished so…

RocketGuy's avatar

Vinegar and soda work somewhat slowly so you can leave different levels of tarnish, depending on soak time.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ll remember that @RocketGuy. Thank you.

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