Its 1971 again today as I've noticed nickels are worth $.0523336 melt value and copper pre83 pennies are worth well over .022 cents melt. I've been pulling copper pennies and Jefferson nickels from my pockets change every week for years when I get home from work and today I went through the last of it since winter is here and I'm off for a few months. I looked up the melt value of a copper lincoln cent and the jefferson nickel and low and behold I was right after all these years. I'll need a safe for pickle jars now! I'm penny rich! No seriously tho the prices could always drop back below at least for the nickel as I would expect it to in a market crash but I thought that was cool. I figured they would at least have changed the metal content by now.