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Why is it a Penny When it’s not a Cent?

by Bill Tuttle Since the beginning of its creation, the US cent has been mislabeled a penny (plural = “pennies”). Why? This author’s theory is because our roots as a country are British, which use the “Pound Sterling” counting system … Continue reading

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Rare 1982-D Small Date copper found

After 34 years, a 1982-D Small Date cent struck on a 95-percent copper-alloy planchet has finally been found and confirmed by me. A Minnesota collector who wishes to remain anonymous discovered it while sorting through 1982 cents by weight to … Continue reading

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Glass cent discovered

America got steel cents in 1943 instead of glass, but a remnant of the World War II search for a copper substitute remains to tantalize collectors. Researcher Roger W. Burdette has reported the only intact 1942 glass experimental piece. Made … Continue reading

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Remember all the coins from 2009?

Numismatists know that a coin does not have to be old to be interesting. A good number of interesting and attractive coins were struck in 2009. Continue reading

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‘Bold’ not the word for my replies

Am I in favor of the abolition of the U.S. cent? I was asked a form of that question in a second email from a Washington correspondent of a world news organization. Continue reading

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Second rare copper found

A second example of a rare large cent variety not seen by collectors since a guide to them was compiled in 1883 was reported by Virginia collector Henry Hettger. Continue reading

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No future for cent?

Even a copper-plated steel composition can’t save the 1 cent coin in Canada from rising costs. The government decided to pull the plug on the lowly denomination and announced its decision March 29 as part of its 2012 Economic Action Plan. Continue reading

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Canada ending cent will impact U.S.

Canada’s decision to eliminate its small cent 92 years after it gave up its large cent probably means that there will be increased pressure on the U.S. Treasury and perhaps Congress, to take a fresh look at the elimination of a denomination whose history goes back to Thomas Jefferson’s “Notes on Coinage” (1786) and Hamilton’s “Report on the Establishment of a Mint” (1791). Continue reading

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Making a career out of cent’s fate

If the U.S. cent will hang on just a few years longer, I will be able to someday claim that I spent an entire career periodically writing about the coin’s potential demise. Continue reading

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Does stability rest on lowly cent?

While I was on an automobile trip across Wisconsin to Minnesota, I stopped for gas. Anybody who pays to fill up a motor vehicle these days certainly thinks that the gold standard advocates have a point. A more stable monetary system might preclude some of the price shocks that we all seem to be experiencing for gasoline and other things that we must buy regularly. Continue reading

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