Good Bye Penny

petros
#1
Adios amigo!

Retailers prepare to round prices up or down as penny disappears.

Local businesses in Regina were free to start rounding their prices up or down to the nearest nickel starting Monday, after the Royal Canadian Mint officially stopped distributing the copper coins.

Pat Bohn, who owns a Brandee's convenience store, started taking the guess work out of rounding up; changing prices of items at the store weeks ago, so that with taxes, they end with a zero or five. But not everything can round perfectly-- for example Brandees needs to take the hit on the one-cent tax when they sell a few five cent candies. She says the business will lose a bit on small items like that but most customers are happy to get rid of the penny.

She says re-pricing is a hefty task that will be a gradual change.

Brett Jameson, who works at Sunshine and Ski, says they're ahead of the game.

"The past little while the till has been short of pennies. I can't remember the last time we went and picked up a roll so we've been rounding up or rounding down for the past couple of weeks here. We found more often than not we say 'sorry man, we don't have any pennies in the till' and I can't remember the last time someone had a problem with getting their pennies."

Meanwhile, Bohn stocked up on 50 penny rolls on her last trip to the bank. She is worried she'll run out, and plans to keep giving exact change until that happens.

But so far there has been no shortage of pennies. Earlier on Sunday the cashier had received a handful of penny rolls to pay for a purchase.

She replied "oh yeah, we'll accept pennies" when asked if they will continue to take them.
 
#juan
#2
I have a growing pile of pennies on my dresser. That the pile is growing means
that I'm getting more pennies back than I'm giving out. I think pennies will be around
for a good while yet.
I assume the penny will continue to be legal tender.
 
petros
#3
$1.41 in full copper pennies is worth $3.05. $5.65 in nickels is worth $10 at scrap value.

I have a 20L pail 3/4 full of copper pennies and another 1/2 full of full nickel nickels dimes and quarters.
 
Johnnny
#4
i was told that was illegal to melt the coins down.....?
 
petros
+2
#5  Top Rated Post
Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

i was told that was illegal to melt the coins down.....?



Doesn' t look like coins now does it?
 
Johnnny
+1
#6
nope
 
petros
#7
Vermiculite and masonry cement makes for an awesome refractory for home made crucibles and a few simple pipe fittings and a BBQ propane reg. easily make burners.
 
spaminator
#8


perhaps they could be used as washers?
 
petros
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post



perhaps they could be used as washers?

The steel pennies yeah.
 
Spade
+1
#10
Used to use a copper to short out the voltage regulator in my '54 Chev.
 
petros
+1
#11
Check this out.... 1 Roll of 2012 Canadian Pennies Uncirculated Sealed Non Magnetic Rare Cent Coin | eBay

$6.00 for a roll of 2012 pennies?
 
Nuggler
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Used to use a copper to short out the voltage regulator in my '54 Chev.


Some who enjoyed waking up in ashes used to use them in the home fuse box. At least they kept warm for one night.
 
petros
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Some who enjoyed waking up in ashes used to use them in the home fuse box. At least they kept warm for one night.

Silver coins burned even quicker.
 
CanIrish
#14
I believe that Norway did this years ago as well. It makes sense.. (that's sense, not cents..)
 
SLM
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by CanIrishView Post

I believe that Norway did this years ago as well. It makes sense.. (that's sense, not cents..)

That's right. It makes no cents but plenty of sense.
 
petros
#16
There is a good opportunity to make money from this.
 
spaminator
+1
#17
Penny dress takes a lot of cents

ROB MCCORMICK, QMI Agency

First posted: Monday, February 04, 2013 10:52 PM EST | Updated: Monday, February 04, 2013 11:11 PM EST

PETERBOROUGH, ONT. - For local artist Heidi den Hartog, the penny dropped about six weeks ago.
That’s when she decided what she wanted to make for Saturday’s third annual Wearable Art Show, a fundraiser for Public Energy, a non-profit organization that promotes dance, art and artists in the community.
“I went to last year’s show and had friends who were part of it,” she said. “It was a great show … interesting, over the top and creative, so as an artist, it was right up my alley.”
The penny dress was a natural fit for den Hartog, a copper-and-enamel artist.
“I work with copper anyway, so I thought it was a good marriage,” she said.
About 2,000 pennies went into the creation, which will be modelled by den Hartog’s daughter, Sophia Darling, 21, at Saturday’s show.
Den Hartog doesn’t know how much the dress weighs, “but it’s really heavy,” Darling said.
“After a while it feels like I’m wearing a corset. And when you take it off, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted.”
Den Hartog’s dress is not a memorial to the penny: It is mere coincidence that the ensemble will make its debut in the same week that the Canadian Mint stopped distributing the one-cent coin, which it did Monday.
Still, she confesses to having some affection for the lowly tender.
“I know there are people out there who are penny haters,” she said. “They are anti-penny and they throw them away. I’m not one of those.”
rob.mccormick@sunmedia.ca

Peterborough artist Heidi den Hartog works on a dress she made of pennies Monday, Feb. 4 at her home in Peterborough. (QMI Agency/ROB MCCORMICK)



Penny dress takes a lot of cents | Weird | News | Toronto Sun
 
Kreskin
#18
Does this mean the price at the pump will always be like $1.15.9 (=$1.20)?
 
Spade
+1
#19
Nope, I will always gas up to the nearest mill. I have cut pennies into tenths to make it easier at the filling station.
Last edited by Spade; Feb 7th, 2013 at 05:22 PM..
 
Sal
+1
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

Does this mean the price at the pump will always be like $1.15.9 (=$1.20)?

Nooooooooooo, it's government - "you know, for the people by the people".

Has anyone seen those floors make with pennies....I love them...

 
spaminator
+1
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post


Has anyone seen those floors make with pennies....I love them...

cool floors.
 
Sal
+1
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

cool floors.

Aren't they? I would love to have one, and apparently they aren't that hard to do... I'm just not motivated enough... so I will just admire from afar.
 
Spade
+1
#23
Boy, they must have had a lot of pennies to begin with in order sort through them all and just use the American pennies (which are worth less than real money!)
 
Sal
+2
#24
Yes they are small too, and they are all shiny...maybe you could clean them...hmmm...more work...

hm, maybe they aren't all shiny.


Here’s what you do to install a coin floor:
  • You need to make sure your floor is clean. Use a wax remover if applying over linoleum, which can be done.
  • If you want shiny pennies, you can soak them in vinegar. Make sure the coins have the patina you want even if it means going to the bank and getting rolls and rolls of pennies to search for clean coins.
  • If you want a design, lay it out first on the floor so you know how it will fit together.
  • Glue the coins directly to the floor, preferably in the same direction and pay attention to heads or tails (if it matters to you). Weldbond, a tile or glass glue, was used for many of the penny floors, but some used Elmer’s Glue, which seems a little on the flimsy side, and Gorilla Glue.
  • You now have two options:
    • You can apply thinset (a chocolate brown was used on the pennies) OR
    • You can apply a thick coat of a high gloss polyurethane
  • For the final top coat, apply another coat of polyurethane and/or an epoxy sealer (pictured below) to seal and make cleaning the floor easier.
 

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