If pennies go away, we lose a big chunk of our culture. There’s a growing belief that at some point in the near future, pennies will no longer be considered legal tender. After all, it costs the U.S. Mint more to make a penny than one cent. But since pennies are used more than once, their value grows with each use.
So far, the government has announced no official plans to take pennies off the market, despite some fake news around the internet. But penny hoarders have begun stockpiling certain pennies for the materials. Pennies stamped with a pre-1982 date contain about two cents worth of copper. It’s currently illegal to melt down pennies. If pennies ever are considered non-legal tender, though, presumably that law would be irrelevant. If you want to become a penny hoarder yourself, you’ll find rolls of pre-1982 pennies for sale on eBay. Or, you can buy a copper coin sorter.
If the day comes when pennies go away, the rest of will mourn the more romantic notions of the penny. The penny is so engrained in who we are as a society. Consider these things that we would lose if pennies go away.
Pennies show up in several of our most favorite classic songs. If pennies go away, future generations won’t understand what the heck these songs are talking about.
A Penny a Kiss, a Penny a Hug
In 1951, The Andrews Sisters (“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “A Bushel and a Peck.”) released “A Penny a Kiss, a Penny a Hug.” The song was later re-recorded by Dinah Shore and Tony Martin.
If pennies go away, no one will be giving kisses for pennies, and hugs will virtually disappear. That will make everyone very sad.
Pennies From Heaven
The song, “Pennies From Heaven” was so popular when it came out in 1936, that a movie of the same name was made starring Bing Crosby. Of course, it’s Bing Crosby’s soulful rendition that we all fell in love with. It’s since been recorded numerous times by greats like Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Louie Armstrong, among others.
If pennies go away, you can bet your bottom dollar that coins won’t be dropping from rain clouds anymore. Unless heaven starts raining nickels and dimes, we’re doomed.
If you’re over the age of 20, you know what penny loafers are. Penny loafers came out in the 1930s. These loafers have a little slot on the top of the shoe. People started putting shiny new pennies in the slot for embellishment. Why buy a buckle when you can just use a penny? Well, no more. If you want pretty shoes, you’ll have to pony up a nickel or a dime if pennies go away.
Everybody gets down on their luck sometimes. In bad economic times, even a small bit helps. Even a penny. But it’s embarrassing to stoop to pick up small change. It can make you look desperate and poor. Unless, that is, you come up with cute rhyme that validates you picking up discarded money off the dirty sidewalks. A rhyme like:
“Find a penny, pick it up;
All day long you’ll have good luck!”
No one can fault a person for wanting to increase their good fortune, right? If you quote the line while you’re picking up the penny, it looks even better. Like you’re a person who knows a good thing when he sees it.
Unfortunately, if pennies go away, there will be no more excuses for picking up pennies. And there will be no cute rhyme will save you from the humiliation.
When you’re blue, it’s often helpful to talk about it. Your loved ones know this. When they try to help, though, you might no want to tell them what’s on your mind. That is, unless there’s some incentive. That’s why the comforting saying, “A penny for your thoughts” came into being. Thoughts shouldn’t be given away for free. A little compensation goes a long way toward getting someone to open up.
Well, if pennies go away, there will be no more money changing hands for opening up. People will keep all their thoughts to themselves, which will lead to repression and anger. Especially when you combine that with the lack of kisses and hugs, like we explained earlier.
We should do everything we can to stop pennies from going away. We need pennies. Without pennies, we won’t know who we are as a society. If pennies go away, there’s too much too lose.