A Penny Saved

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.

11 People would rather be commenting:

JoJo said...

Awww poor penny! :( I saved the coins that I could after past trips north but I don't have many. I did, however, buy a pair of penny earrings with my birth year of 1964 on them, from an artist in Bastion Square, Victoria. "So I've got that going for me, you know...which is nice". lol

Tracy said...

I would love to get rid of the penny here in the US.

Unknown said...

I love the lowly penny...beautiful little things. Unless I am looking for a loonie, in which case I curse them. can't wait to see what you are going to make!

The Asian Pear said...

Umm. Just as long as you know saving them probably won't have more value.

If you save 100 pennies, at most they double in value and then they're worth $2. But then you're holding onto 100 pennies! Best to just save a few for sentimental reasons.

Maybe you can use it to make some sort of artwork?

Jay said...

In England when it happened to the 1/2 penny, they said that prices wouldn't go up. We said 'yeah, right ... pull the other one' and of course, prices DID go up. When is it ever the other way round?

Gosh, I admire your foresight. I'd certainly hang on to at least one of those bank rolls, just as it is. Might be worth something to collectors one day. The rest, yep, I might make jewellery with it!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I haven't heard about your poor penny disappearing. I see a lot of jewelry here, lol.

Vicki Boster said...

Oh my- I can't believe this is really happening! There has been talk of doing this in the States as well- so I fear we may be next!! I love pennies-- I'm afraid I'd be hoarding them too!!!

Love all the penny pictures--

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I love the penny, I'm a little sad that CA is doing away with them, because I know that it means the US is not far behind..

Great pictures too..

Babs-beetle said...

I started a coin collection many years ago. It began with the old silver coins, when they were made of silver. I then started collecting all of the coins, starting with the half penny and ending with the half crown. I tried to get one for every year. Then they decimalized. If I didn't have a particular year, I stood no chance of getting it, so my hobby ended.

Those coins have been carted around with me all these years and now sit in a large jar up in the loft.

Daisy said...

My Mommeh wishes they would get rid of pennies here. Sometimes she throws them away.

Bruce Johnson said...

I wish they would do this in the states.....

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