Day 343—Small Change

It seems to me that just when the usefulness of the US penny has run its course, the US Mint has decided to flood us with newly minted copper-looking pennies, although a penny contains only 2.75% copper. A quick Wikipedia search shows that the penny was modified in 2009 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. I don’t recognize them as pennies; they look more like the fake money used in a board game. The Wikipedia penny information also points out that it costs 2.41 cents to mint a one cent piece and that the loss in profitability due to producing the one cent coin in the United States for the year of 2011 is $60,200,000.

This shot shows some new and old pennies and nickels as well as a few dimes. The newer nickels (just as unrecognizable to me as the new pennies) are out of focus in this shot due to the shallow depth of field that I used.

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One thought on “Day 343—Small Change

  1. I think I need to pay more attention to my coins! I haven’t noticed the fakey looking money. Nice selective focus in this image! Good choice for a photo!

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