Friday, September 10, 2010

An Alternative To Candy For Halloween

Halloween is coming up and with it comes the fretting of parents over the tradition of trick or treating. The problem is always the candy. Parents nowadays claim that they just don't like all the sweets (although I'll wager they raid their kids' stash just the same).

In any case, some people give out toothbrushes, or apples or some little trinket made in China.

How about doing something a bit different this year.
(Of course it might depend how much you like the kids that come to your house!)

This Halloween you can do something different for the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood by giving them American Open Currency Standard (AOCS) copper rounds. Forget the tooth decaying candy - you can introduce the kiddos to precious metals! What costumed kid wouldn’t be delighted by an entire ounce of copper that shines like a new penny? It could be something they treasure or even barter for something with their friends. It certainly lasts longer than a Snickers funsize bar!

Just imagine how great it could be if children across America could own a little bit of honest money for themselves. Let’s all give them some this Halloween.

You can order any available AOCS copper rounds directly from AOCS Mint in tubes of twenty, and you can download and print little information cards to include with your gift of AOCS Copper.

Of course you can get copper rounds from other mints too. (Here's one)

And if you want to give pennies - you could do that too - only pennies don't weigh a full ounce of copper.
If your Lincoln Memorial penny has a date before 1982, it is made of 95% copper. If the date is 1983 or later, it is made of 97.5% zinc and plated with a thin copper coating. For pennies minted in 1982, when both copper and zinc cents were made, the safest and best way to tell their composition is to weigh them. Copper pennies weigh 3.11 grams, whereas the zinc pennies weigh only 2.5 grams.

Read more here at Squidoo, which has a whole history of copper and its use as money.