Farewell, penny: 10 oddly sweet articles about the coin’s demise

Farewell, penny: 10 oddly sweet articles about the coin’s demise

(Image: screenshot from Google.com)
 

The Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing pennies to banks and businesses tomorrow, which means that, although the humble copper coin remains legal tender, businesses will now no longer give them as change. The day’s bewildering array of penny-centric articles suggests that Canadians have a strong attachment to the wee copper coin (as well as an awful lot of anxiety about the country’s ability to round to the nearest nickel). Below, the 10 weirdest—and yet strangely touching—send-offs.

  • A goodbye playlist for the penny [Huffington Post]
  • How to profit off the new rounding guidelines—if “profit” means “save a dollar or two over hundreds of transactions” [CTV]
  • Just like Miley Cyrus, Kate Middleton and other celebs, the penny gets a slideshow showcasing its style evolution [Globe and Mail]
  • Why stop at the penny? Let’s kill the nickel too! [Globe and Mail]
  • The penny’s obituary [CBC]
  • A satirical FAQ on the how to handle life in a penniless world [Globe and Mail]
  • Stories of the fun that people once had with pennies, like paying kids to pick dandelion heads [CBC]
  • Inspiration for amateurs interested in turning pennies into mosaics, tap-dancing shoes, flooring and jewellery [Pinterest]
  • Profiles of artists who actually turn pennies into mosaics, sculptures and jewellery [Toronto Star]
  • And, finally, the Google doodle pictured above [Google]