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Periodically the movement to get rid of the penny reactivates. The argument goes that the cost to produce the penny exceeds one cent – even though the cooper penny is now over 90% zinc.  In the end, however, whatever its composition, the penny endures.


(To tune of, “Pennies From Heaven,” by Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke (1936))

If you need to make some change,
Pennies are heaven.
When the price-mark’s something strange
Like $9.57.

Some say the cost is wasteful
I say, “No thanks!”
What would we use to fill up
Our piggy banks?

Say you want to ditch that old coin.
What are you thinkin’?
Illinois pleads don’t dare purloin
The face of Lincoln

So when your pockets jangle
That’s no mystery
Pennies are heaven
And will always be.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved

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