- Dec 28, 2011
When I was stationed in Germany, the PX and Commissary did not use pennies: any purchase total was simply rounded to the nearest nickel, and all change was in 'silver'. It evened out over a few purchases, and no one missed those pesky pennies.Let's not leave out the Penny, lol:
Some say the United States should stop using pennies because the cost of producing the coin is now higher than the value of the coin. Even the US Mint admits that the cost of producing a penny in 2007 could be as high as 1.4 cents. Pennies are no longer made from pure copper, which would make the minting of them prohibitively expensive, but rather from zinc and a thin coating of copper. Supporters of the penny often suggest that the US government should continue to produce the coin, only with cheaper metallic alloys than zinc or copper.