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Toronto - In Canada, The Phase Out Of The Penny Begins

Published on: February 4, 2013 02:23 PM
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Toronto - Canada has begun phasing-out its penny, whose production costs have come to exceed its monetary value.

The Royal Canadian Mint on Monday officially ended its distribution of one-cent coins to financial institutions.

While people may still use pennies, the government has issued guidelines urging store owners to start rounding prices to the nearest nickel for cash transactions. Electronic purchases will still be billed to the nearest cent.

The government has said the cost of penny production is $11 million a year, and that the coins, which feature two maple leaves and Queen Elizabeth II in profile, would remain legal tender until they eventually disappeared from circulation.

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Google is marking the passing of the penny with a dedicated doodle on its Canadian home page.

New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden and others have also dropped the penny.

The U.S. Treasury Department has said the Obama administration has looked at possibly using cheaper materials to make the penny, which is now made of zinc.

Two separate bills calling for the end of the penny, introduced in 2002 and 2006 by Republican congressman Jim Kolbe, failed to advance in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The American zinc lobby has been a major opponent to suggestions that the penny be eliminated.


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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:29 PM Mordechai_Ben_Yaakov Says:

Hopefully the U.S. will be next in line bidding adieu to the penny.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:34 PM Aryeh Says:

Does this mean all the Canadian pennies in my pushka are going to be valuable now?

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:37 PM joe11 Says:

so what will the galitzaner do

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 02:52 PM Kosher_Ham Says:

THis is less of a problem with more electronic transactions occuring than with actual legal tender.

However, I would like to see the U.S. government re-evaluate its currency by shifting the decimal place over to the left by 2 positions, where a dollar becomes a penny, $10.00 becomes a dime, and $100.00 becomes the new, re-evaluated $1.00 bill.

What this will accomplish is less fluctuation in prices, making prices appear to be more stable.

What inflation does is put you in a higher tax bracket for those countries that have a progressive tax chart. It's really to the government's advantage to make the currency worth less and less to get you into a higher tax bracket. Sort of like passive-aggressive behaviour, but in a financial sense.

It's never been done before in the U.S. (currency re-evaluation), but it's been done several times in Israel (Shekel vis-a-vis NIS). It's about time it's done here.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 03:27 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #2  
Aryeh Says:

Does this mean all the Canadian pennies in my pushka are going to be valuable now?

Maybe in a couple of hundred years. There are millions out there and will be for a long long time.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 09:49 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #4  
Kosher_Ham Says:

THis is less of a problem with more electronic transactions occuring than with actual legal tender.

However, I would like to see the U.S. government re-evaluate its currency by shifting the decimal place over to the left by 2 positions, where a dollar becomes a penny, $10.00 becomes a dime, and $100.00 becomes the new, re-evaluated $1.00 bill.

What this will accomplish is less fluctuation in prices, making prices appear to be more stable.

What inflation does is put you in a higher tax bracket for those countries that have a progressive tax chart. It's really to the government's advantage to make the currency worth less and less to get you into a higher tax bracket. Sort of like passive-aggressive behaviour, but in a financial sense.

It's never been done before in the U.S. (currency re-evaluation), but it's been done several times in Israel (Shekel vis-a-vis NIS). It's about time it's done here.

This won;t benefit any one, on the contrary this will produce far more harm than any good. Pretty bad idea actually.

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