#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, February 24th, 2014 18:26
#2 By: John Doe, February 24th, 2014 18:47
Hahahaha,,,,best thing I've seen today
#3 By: Miramon, February 24th, 2014 18:51
#4 By: Jesse_Hamilton, February 24th, 2014 19:01
Real pennies aren't safe for younger kids because they don't have the choke warning.
#5 By: Stefan Jones, February 24th, 2014 19:09
I was looking for play money bills the other day. They, at least, are cheaper than the instruments they portray.
Idea: Candyland, but you lay the color cards out in a pool instead of drawing them. Kids have a hand of play money and bid on the cards.
#6 By: Bryan William Jones, February 24th, 2014 19:09
Apparently far more costly than a bag of real pennies...
#7 By: Ian McLoud, February 24th, 2014 19:11
Maybe the savings are realized when you need 100 plastic quarters for only $3.49...?
#8 By: Tennessee Waltz, February 24th, 2014 19:14
A street huckster conned me into buying a silver 5 dollar Canadian coin, for 10 bucks. Seemed like a fair deal. Days later I took it too a bank and asked about its actually worth. "Five dollars" the teller replied. Immediately I bray laughter exclaiming "I paid 10 for it!"
#9 By: Tim, February 24th, 2014 19:15
- You don't have to take them out of your pockets to go through airport security
#10 By: Sebastian Wiers, February 24th, 2014 19:25
That's an impressive con... how did it work? What did they say to make you think it was worth more than $5CAN? Or were you just not aware the exchange rate is (roughly) 1-1?
#11 By: Davelcorp, February 24th, 2014 19:29
Think of them as an investment. Who knows how much they'll be worth in a few years?
#12 By: Boundegar, February 24th, 2014 19:40
I think the term you're looking for is seigniorage.
#13 By: Cary, February 24th, 2014 19:49
Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: Plastic Pennies - invest now.
#14 By: Daniel Nebdal, February 24th, 2014 20:04
Well, there are enough memorial/jubilee/etc coins that have a nominal value below the metal (and collectors) value.
#15 By: mkirkland, February 24th, 2014 20:05
It almost certainly did sell for more than $5, but that doesn't mean anyone else is going to give you more than that for it.
#16 By: David_Diamante, February 24th, 2014 20:20
OMFG HILARIOUS MARK. WAY TO MAKE FUN OF INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS.
I use tools such as these in my classroom all the time. Now I feel insecure and fragile because of your snarky post about the price of plastic money.
#17 By: Finn Melchior, February 24th, 2014 20:36
I see what you didn't do there...
#18 By: Immutable Michael, February 24th, 2014 20:56
Our Snarkometers (tm) must be calibrated differently - mine wasn't triggered by this. In my mind this met the"wonderful thing" test.
#19 By: pjcamp, February 24th, 2014 21:02
Yes? Isn't petroleum more expensive than zinc?
#20 By: Scratcheee, February 24th, 2014 21:08
Well, was it a Silver Maple Leaf? Those have a $5 face value, but contain an ounce of silver, which is worth a little over $20 these days. Hopefully a bank teller would have known that. Or maybe this happened when an ounce of silver was worth about $10 (not that long ago.)
Edit: I should add that the bank teller would still not give you more than $5 for it, but a coin shop or a collector would pay you for the value of the silver.
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