Copper Sells for $116,000 Per Ounce?!

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Copper hit a one-week peak yesterday, but the $1.5245 per pound figures on COMEX have nothing on a recent copper sale. Although it’s true that Wednesday’s session marked copper’s highest level since February 17, some loyal eBayers noticed an even greater advance for the red metal last week. One small, copper penny sold for $14,533. Weighing a little over three grams, the tiny piece of copper was therefore sold for an equivalent $116,000 per ounce. 

To put this into perspective, precious metal gold hit close to $1,000 per ounce this week for the first time in nearly a year. Who knew that copper could outshine gold? The 1856 Flying Eagle “Small Cent” coin received remarkably high bids in seconds during an online auction.


The 1856 Flying Eagle Cent is made of approximately 88% copper and 12% nickel, but to small cent collectors, the item is more important than its make-up. The Flying Eagle Cent was produced from 1856 to 1858, and its rarity makes the coin more special to collectors than even the rarest of metals.

–Amy Edwards

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