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Old 06-01-2020, 10:34 AM
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If they are not accepted by a coin counting machine, no banks or retailers have to accept them either. They can if they decide to.
The US Mint mutilated coin reimbursement program is temporarily ceased, as you can read about here: https://www.usmint.gov/news/consumer...d-coin-program
Personally, I don't think it's a feasible program for most cases anyway. You have to clean and sort them, pay shipping, and only get partial value reimbursement.

As far as melting, I haven't found the exact statutes about it yet, but I understand it is illegal to melt pennies or non-silver nickels for profit, but it's OK to melt 'em down for other purposes. So no intentional scrapping allowed. Any metal artists out there using zinc pennies?
Not sure about dimes, quarters, etc.
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