Production Of Pennies, Nickels Cost Taxpayers $105 Million In 2013

Production Of Pennies, Nickels Cost Taxpayers $105 Million In 2013

We all know that old coins can be very valuable and that saving your change adds up. But did you know that minting the low-value currency creates quite a tab for U.S. taxpayers? That’s because the cost to produce pennies and nickels is nearly twice as much as they are actually worth. [More]

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Finally, A Use For Pennies: Glued To A Billboard

Finally, a use for those copper-colored zinc discs of filth: decoration! For a promotional campaign they’re calling “penny-a-print,” printer/copier leasing company Zeno Office Solutions put up a billboard in Winter Park, Florida decorated with 120,000 hand-polished actual pennies. [More]

Canadian Mint Decides It Doesn't Really Need To Fine Musician For Photos Of Pennies On Album Cover

Canadian Mint Decides It Doesn't Really Need To Fine Musician For Photos Of Pennies On Album Cover

While there are many opponents of the lowly penny, including a store in Vermont and soon, the entire country of Canada, one musician was about to be punished by the Canadian mint for his love of the little guys. The folk singer featured a photo of pennies scattered on a counter as well as a large penny on the back, and the Mint warned him that he was violating the government’s copyright on the currency. Say what now? [More]

Vermont Store Does Away With Pennies

Vermont Store Does Away With Pennies

Earlier this year, our upstairs neighbors in Canada decided to stop minting one cent pieces. Now that anti-penny sentiment has seeped across the border to the town of Morrisville, VT, where one sporting goods store has decided to just say no to copper coins. [More]

Someone Just Sold The Only Penny Worth Caring About For $1.15 Million

Someone Just Sold The Only Penny Worth Caring About For $1.15 Million

Now that it takes more than a penny to make a penny, many of $0.01 cent skeptics think the United States should just ditch those coppers (and yes, we know, they’re not all copper) like Canada did. But there is at least one penny worth finding in your change jar — a 1792 coin that just sold at auction for $1.15 million. [More]

The Case Against Pennies Might Make You Want To Send Yours Back To Uncle Sam For Something Useful

The Case Against Pennies Might Make You Want To Send Yours Back To Uncle Sam For Something Useful

For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, we thought we’d share a YouTube video featuring a case against pennies our reader Lisa sent our way. Sure, you may have seen it, as it’s a few months old, but since we’re sure each and every one of you hasn’t seen every single thing ever on the Internet, this one’s worth a post. [More]

Man Who Paid $25 Bill In Pennies Is Proud

Man Who Paid $25 Bill In Pennies Is Proud

A man who made a scene when he voiced his dissatisfaction with a clinic’s billing department by paying a $25 disputed bill in all pennies is proud of what he did. “I would say that I had a legitimate purpose and it was to resolve a billing dispute and pay it,” the man told KSL, “and to protest how I’d been treated.” [More]

Rogue, Penny-Abolishing Dunkin' Donuts Is No Longer Rogue Or
Penny-Abolishing

Rogue, Penny-Abolishing Dunkin' Donuts Is No Longer Rogue Or Penny-Abolishing

Remember just a few days ago when we wrote about that visionary Dunkin’ Donuts franchise that had started a voluntary no-penny policy? Well it didn’t last long, as NPR has learned from Dunkin’ HQ that the penny-abolishing policy has since been abolished. [More]

A Lone Dunkin' Donuts Sort Of Abolishes Pennies

A Lone Dunkin' Donuts Sort Of Abolishes Pennies

One donut shop is taking a stand against the bacteria-ridden zinc disks of suck that are pennies. Reader Tom sent us this photo from a store he recently visited. In a policy change that was probably born during an 8 AM rush, this franchise appears to be are rounding customer totals up or down to the nearest five cents, and only providing pennies to those annoying people who actually want them. [More]

Pennies Are "Bacteria-Ridden Disks Of Suck"

Pennies Are "Bacteria-Ridden Disks Of Suck"

Caffeinated vlogger John Green of the Vlogbrothers outlines the case against pennies. Namely that it costs 1.6 cents to make one, and we could save taxpayers billions if we got rid of them but don’t because of sentimental clinging. He really loathes pennies, referring to the one-cent pieces as “disgusting bacteria-ridden disks of suck that fail to facilitate commerce.” [More]

U.S. Mint Redesigns Penny

U.S. Mint Redesigns Penny

Here’s the new design for the back of the 2010 penny. Instead of the Lincoln Memorial there’s now a shield, or maybe a tiny badge that you can flash whenever you want to announce, “I have jurisdiction over your pocket change.” No, I’m pretty sure it’s a shield. [More]

8800 Penny Prank Takes Paying In Cash To Extremes

8800 Penny Prank Takes Paying In Cash To Extremes

What do you do with your pennies? Consumer Reports suggests saving them and depositing them in your bank, or exchanging them for a full-value gift certificate in a Coinstar machine. But Jordan had a much better idea. He tried to use them to pay the impound fee after his car was towed. Video inside. Remember: it’s not a real prank until the cops show up.

How Much Change Can You Find On The Ground? Over $1,000

How Much Change Can You Find On The Ground? Over $1,000

Do you stop and pick up change that you find on the ground? No? Well, if you did — how much money do you think you could collect? Marketplace Money talked to some people who make change hunting a hobby — and they say every penny is worth stopping for.

The Treasury Secretary Hates The Penny. Do You?

The Treasury Secretary Hates The Penny. Do You?

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson hates the penny because it is a worthless dingleberry of a coin. In an interview sure to have kids thinking they know enough to run the Mint, Paulson simplistically noted: “The penny is worth less than any other currency.” Don’t sing the penny’s swan song just yet.

…he quickly added that he didn’t think it was “politically doable” to eliminate the one-cent coin and it wasn’t something he planned to tackle in the final year of the Bush administration.

Great, add the penny to the slate of issues over which the parties disagree. Put it right next to war spending and social security.

Stylish Piggy Banks For The Chic Tightwad

Stylish Piggy Banks For The Chic Tightwad

Conventional wisdom dictates that a tightwad wouldn’t buy a piggy bank in the first place, but never mind that. The style hive blog has put together a collection of the top 5 most popular chic piggy banks and we just love them. They’re so cute! Who says saving your pennies can’t be fashionable? Or fun?—MEGHANN MARCO

Restaurant Rounds Up to the Nearest Nickel?

Restaurant Rounds Up to the Nearest Nickel?

Maybe this is something new that we’re missing out on, but since when is there a “rounding” charge? This restaurant in Brooklyn rounded up $.02 to make this bill an (even?) $22.95. Uh, what? Maybe it’s part of the war on pennies. —MEGHANN MARCO

Just Fucking Die Already, U.S. Penny

Just Fucking Die Already, U.S. Penny

Power Stopped Over One Cent

Power Stopped Over One Cent

Sometimes a penny can cost a lot.