Pennies are brown because they are made with copper. Copper is a metal that reflects light in such a way so that it appears brown.
Since 1982, pennies have been composed of 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper. Before this, pennies were almost entirely made of copper. Throughout American history, the composition and appearance of the penny has changed more than 5 times. Before 1982, the only other time in American history in which the penny was mostly made of a metal other than copper was during World War 2 when copper was desperately needed for the war effort. Many countries have done away with the penny altogether, such as Canada.Learn More
In U.S. currency, one million pennies are worth 10,000 dollars. A penny is worth one cent, and one cent is 1/100 of a dollar. In other words, a dollar is equal to 100 pennies, so one million pennies divided by 100 provides the worth in dollars.Full Answer >
Approximately 5,000 pennies fit in a gallon jar, totalling approximately $50. The number of pennies that will fit in a jar may vary, though, based on the position of each penny in the jar.Full Answer >
Three quarters, five dimes, five nickels and five pennies do not add up to $2. The total value of this combination of coins is $1.55.Full Answer >
Pennies in the United States were made of pure copper from 1793 to 1837, and then contained varying amounts of copper throughout the years before converting to a majority 97.5 percent zinc in 1982. At that point, the penny continued to be made with a small 2.5 percent copper.Full Answer >