This is absolutely sickening. It is definitaley time to question why the U.S. Mint exists, and what is it's law making authority? Since when does the U.S. Mint declare law upon the citizens of the United States of America?
Are you now a criminal for melting down or shipping pennies and nickels out of the U.S.? Who's money is it anyway?
By David Bond, Editor
The Silver Valley Mining Journal
Time To Tame The U.S. Mint
Wallace, Idaho – It's really quite past time to tame the United States Mint. First the SOBs went for Bernard Von Nothaus's jugular by unilaterally declaring the silver Liberty dollars illegal for tender. And now, they propose to tell us exactly what we can and cannot do with our pennies and nickels.
Here is what the Mint said in its 14th December press release:
“Washington, D.C. -- The United States Mint has implemented regulations to limit the exportation, melting, or treatment of one-cent (penny) and 5-cent (nickel) United States coins, to safeguard against a potential shortage of these coins in circulation. The United States Mint is soliciting public comment on the interim rule, which is being published in the Federal Register.
“Prevailing prices of copper, nickel and zinc have caused the production costs of pennies and nickels to significantly exceed their respective face values. The United States Mint also has received a steady flow of inquiries from the public over the past several months concerning the metal value of these coins and whether it is legal to melt them.(Read the rest of the story here)