Does It Make Cents To Continue Having The Penny In Circulation? Everything You Wanted To Know About The Mysterious And Pretty Little Coin.
Freshly-made pennies cascade out of a machine and come to rest on top of other pennies welling up in a bin at the U.S. Mint in Denver on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. Because of a surge in the price of zinc and copper, it now costs the U.S. Mint almost 2 cents to produce a penny. That has some in Congress seeking a change in the way the coins are made, if not removing them circulation altogether. The the nation's sole supplier of zinc "penny blanks," Jarden Zinc Products, is lobbying the federal government to protect its interests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)