Pennies produced in Canada prior to 1996 contain anywhere from 95 to 98 percent copper, the latter years (post 98) being either zinc or steel with copper plating. While doing some additional reading for this blog, I've just read that the RCM will be collecting pennies and melting them down - so you know what that means....once they're gone, they are gone!
I'd say that they time is NOW to get your own pair of commemorative earrings now - before the penny is extinct!!
I'll be working on some samples and will post here and on my Facebook page!