The U.S. killed the half-penny when it was worth what a dime is today

It seems like every week there's a new argument to remove the penny from circulation. But did you know that the U.S. once had a half-cent? When the U.S. stopped making them in 1857, they had the buying power of over a dime by today's standards. Which makes the most excellent case to scrap the penny, right now. And… » 9/25/14 5:40pm 9/25/14 5:40pm

Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

Every few years, there are calls to retire the American penny (as cumbersome and too expensive to produce), and rebuttals to preserve it (for posterity and price stability). I don't know how or when this question will be answered. Personally, I would not miss the gobs of metal in my pockets, but I would miss the… » 4/23/14 1:20pm 4/23/14 1:20pm

Hanni El Khatib: Penny

If Orange Is the New Black has taught us anything, it's that not everybody in prison is the psycho ultra-violent killer Scared Straight would have you believe. Many are just normal schmucks who made some bad decisions and are just waiting to get back to their lives on the outside. This is a song for them. » 10/04/13 7:00pm 10/04/13 7:00pm

This Is the Most Expensive Penny in the Universe

This is the most expensive penny in the Universe. It's now on Mars, after an exciting $2.5 billion ride. Previously, the most expensive Lincoln penny in history was a 1943 copper-alloy cent that was sold for $1.7 million in a 1996 auction. That's peanuts compared to the cost of putting this coin up there, however. » 9/07/12 8:00am 9/07/12 8:00am

The Most Expensive Penny In History Will Be On Mars

The most expensive Lincoln penny in history was a 1943 copper-alloy cent that was sold for $1.7 million in a 1996 auction. Nothing compared to this one, though. This penny is going be put on Mars for a nice $2.5 billion. Not bad! » 2/08/12 2:40pm 2/08/12 2:40pm

Man Pays Medical Bill in Pennies. Man Gets a Ticket.

I can't imagine ever using more than 25 pennies to pay for anything. All that copper and insignificant value, who really cares! Apparently, Jason West. He paid for a medical bill with 2,500 pennies. Too bad he got a ticket for that. » 6/06/11 10:00am 6/06/11 10:00am

Did You Know It Costs More Than a Penny to Make a Penny?

I just found out that it costs more than a penny to manufacture a penny. Specifically, it costs 1.62 cents to produce that 1 cent copper coin. And that's been the case for a while now! What the hell? » 1/15/11 9:00pm 1/15/11 9:00pm