How Much Is a Pound of Pennies Worth?
A pound of pennies produced from the design launched in 1982 is worth $1.81, containing 181 pennies at 2.5 grams each. Pennies minted from 1962 to 1982 contain less copper in the plating. Based on a weight of 3.11 grams each, a pound of those pennies is worth about $1.45.
Pennies minted from 1909 to 1982 weigh 3.11 grams each, making a pound of those coins worth $1.45. The only differing weight during that time belongs to the 1943 zinc pennies, which weigh about 2.70 grams each due to their lack of copper. A pound of 1943 pennies is worth about $1.68.