Britain's 2p coins are now actually worth 3p - thanks to the soaring price of copper. Any 2p coins made before 1992 are now more valuable as scrap metal than loose change. Earlier 2p coins contain 97% copper which has hit an all-time record price of $8,000 a tonne. It means that 145,000 2p coins would be worth £2,900 at the bank - but about £4,400 as scrap. One penny coins from the same period are also worth roughly 50% more than their face value. in 1992, the Royal Mint introduced new 1p and 2p coins made of steel with just a thin copper plating. http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1838153.html?menu= get saving!