erm... is a penny SAVED, I guess.
Well, it has begun. On Monday, retailers in Canada started the "rounding up / rounding down" to the nearest nickel; no more pennies will be used for cash transactions. Signs have been posted near registers: "Goodbye Penny". (Which, sadly, must be giving an awful inferiority complex to anyone NAMED Penny.)
Of course this historical event means that Canadians across the country, including yours truly, have begun the hoarding of the copper discs. (Actually I started to purposely set aside a few older ones last year when it was announced that no more pennies were going to be made - I don't leave my hoarding to the last minute, you know.)
Some are making jewelry.
Some are making art.
I am making... um... so far? A mess.
The smaller jar below contains around a hundred of my collection of older coins, going back to the 1940s. The larger jar has about 400 pennies: recent change from daughter, hubby and myself... and under couch cushions, on top of the fridge, in drawers and anywhere a feline shot them whilst playing a cat version of floor hockey.
Another 150 are in rolls - unused 2012's still in their plastic wrappers. I bought them last June from the Royal Canadian Mint since they were only struck for 4 months last year; I wanted some pristine examples of our final copper coin.
I'll figure out what I'm going to actually DO with them later.
For now, I'll just enjoy the memories of all the things I could buy many years ago with just a few pennies in my pocket.
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