The Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a beautiful symbol of out countries independence. It was gift given to us by the French after the Civil War. It was in support of the freedom granted to all citizens in the united states that we accepted and erected the statue.

What many people do not know, however, is that the sculpture is made of copper with steel frame. When copper oxidizes (“rusts”), it turns green; thus Lady Liberty has come to wear a suggestive jade green!

 There are 60,000 pounds of copper and 250,000 pounds of steel in the statue of liberty, meaning the metal value of the lady is $258,415.18. It’s terrible to think of the scrap value, but I figured that would give a little perspective!


Emerson September 29, 2011 at 2:55 am

Yeah! Imagine pulling up to a scrap yard with that thing in your trailer!!! Bahhhhaahaha! Feds be there in no time!

Milshire December 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

you’d have to break it down into tiny pieces before scrapping it

steve August 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm


A couple of other facts you missed.

There are 5000 sheets of 23.6 kt gold leaf on the torch

That would be 1.16 oz gold per 1000 sheets.

Or 5.8 oz gold worth $11020.

Also there was a solid gold rivet set when the statue was finished.

There are traces of other metals like wrought iron, velerium and lead.

Be well

nu scrappy-doo December 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

SMJ… You are, hands- down, THE scrapping authority!! Keep that valuable info coming….

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