Is the U.S. Penny and Nickel Worth Keeping? 60 Minutes Asks.

by on February 10, 2008 · 6 comments

Should small change be eliminated?5-cent nickels contain 75% copper and 25% nickel. 1-cent pennies contain 2.5% copper with the remaining zinc. The price of these metals have each gone up significantly and for over a year now, their melt value has been worth more than their real value. Or, more to the point, it costs the U.S. government more to make the penny and nickel than what they’re worth.

CoinNews has had several articles on the penny and nickel and one poll. In that poll last December, 45% of CoinNews readers felt the penny was no longer needed. Is it time to get rid of it and the nickel?

This time, the CBS program 60 Minutes asks the questions in a segment titled, Should We Make Cents?

It should be an interesting watch with Morley Safer reporting. Stay tuned to CBS on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. ET/PT*.

For a sneak peak, watch this video preview of Mr. Safer talking to U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy*.

*Editor’s Note: The entire video report by Morley Safer aired Sunday night, but it is now available online. Click the video image below to go and watch it now.

CBS 60 Minutes News Video: Should We Make Cents?









{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Koichi Ito February 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

We no longer need penny and nickel for use because of inflation. Since inflation everything cost more than Penny or Nickel. Only thing is Penny and Nickel is for is coin collecting!

Llama Money February 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm

I wouldn’t have a problem with losing the penny. After all, they really aren’t good for anything. I never have them, and always get them in change. Who knows what I do with them – I surely don’t.

The nickel… not so sure. I suppose we could probably do without it but I wouldn’t abandon it just yet. I do occasionally use nickels in day to day life.

Tal Doran February 21, 2008 at 7:27 pm

My problem in all honesty with removing the penny and the nickel from our system would be taxes. You buy something for $1.00 your city has a 8% tax. That would be $1.08 after tax. With no penny or nickels it would then be rounded to $1.10, it may not seem like much but it adds up profusely otherwise people would not have such a problem giving a 1/4 % tax raise.

Llama Money February 21, 2008 at 10:22 pm

The % increase would only be so high on inexpensive items. When you’re talking about a $100 or $1000 transaction, it’s negligible. Guess it depends on your shopping habits.

the x February 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm

the dollar coin will be the new penny just wait and see

Gary February 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

The dollar coin is the new penny.

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