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As the Retire the Penny movement gains momentum, keep up with all the latest news coverage from digital media, print, television, and radio here on the In the News page.

From local newspapers to The Wall Street Journal and from video blogs to 60 Minutes, media outlets all over the country are addressing Americans' growing interest in eliminating the penny.

Professors, leading economists, Citizens to Retire the U.S. Penny advocate Jeff Gore, and even President Obama have spoken publicly about this issue. Follow the links below to read or hear their comments.


Last Week Tonight with John Oiliver (HBO) - Pennies are not even worth what they're worth. So why do we still make them?
November 22, 2015

Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore (NPR)
November 30, 2015

Hit T.V. show The West Wing addresses a proposal to abolish the penny.
November 7, 2001

Nickels and Pennies Fox News Report
March 19, 2014 Obama Wants to Kill the Penny and So Should You
February, 2013

Google Hangout President Obama answers a question on getting rid of the penny
February 14, 2013

Good Day Sacramento interview with Jeff Gore.
July 24, 2012

60 Minutes examines the state of pennies, with an accompanying article featuring Jeff Gore.
February 10, 2008

The Colbert Report interview with Jeff Gore
April 9, 2008

Blogger C.G.P. Grey's argument against
the penny

November 30, 2011

Author John Green's brilliant anti-penny rant
September 6, 2010


NPR interviewed Jeff Gore
November 29, 2009

Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Jeff Gore
April 25, 2006


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today reintroduced the Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings Act of 2017 (COINS Act), legislation that would modernize our currency by moving to a $1 dollar coin, reduce the cost of nickel production and suspend the minting of the penny, which currently costs more than one cent to produce (Read More).

March 29, 2017

45,000 pounds of spilled pennies ensnare traffic on Delaware interstate for 13 hours
The Washington Post, September 9, 2016

Easy to Lose and Expensive to Produce: Is the Penny Worth It?
The Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2014

A Guide to Ditching the American Penny Once and For All
The Wire, September 19, 2014

The Penny Will Not Be Eliminated... At Least Until 2015
Huffington Post, March 14, 2014

U.S. Mint has high costs for small change
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 10, 2014

Is the US Getting rid of the Penny?
Fox Business, August 1, 2013

Penny pinching: Can Obama manage elimination of one-cent coin?
NBC News, February 19, 2013

"Should the US eliminate the penny?"
Fox News Poll, February 4, 2013

Canada cuts costs by eliminating penny, while US still clings to iconic coin, AP, February 4, 2013

Poland Prepares to Ditch Pennies
The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013

The US Penny: Should it be scrapped?
Cordelia Hebbletwaithe, BBC News Magazine, July 3, 2012

Time for the U.S. Penny to Go
Anita Campbell, Small Business Trends, May 3, 2012

Penny Wise, or 2.4 Cents Foolish?
Jeff Sommer, NY Times, April 7, 2012

Please, finally, end the penny
David Owen, NY Times, April 4, 2012

Penny Anti
John Fund, National Review, April 2, 2012

Canada is droppings its penny—will the US follow suit?
AP, USA Today, March 31, 2012

Canada eliminates penny costing penny-and-a-half to make
Jacqueline Thorpe, Bloomberg, March 29, 2012

Death to Pennies
Stephen J. Dubner,, December 8, 2011

End the Penny
David Henderson, Library of Economics and Liberty, September 16, 2011



Pennies from Hell: how America is Being Crucified on a Cross of Zinc
Al Lewis,, January 8, 2009

Penny Dreadful
David Owen, New Yorker, March 31, 2008

A penny for your thoughts
Ben Smith, Politico, March 12, 2008

Should the penny be retired?
Jeff Gore, New York Times Upfront, May 7, 2007

The Penny Stops Here
Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post, September 25, 2006

Common Cents
Joel Stein, TIME magazine, July 17, 2006

Why keeping the penny no longer makes sense
Robert Whaples, USA Today, July 11, 2006

Abolish the penny
op-ed, LA Times, June 17, 2006

Now can we get rid of the penny?
Eric Zorn, Chicago Times, June 5, 2006

A penny for your thoughts, and 1.4 cents for the penny
Floyd Norris, NY Times, April 22,2006

Are you a penny picker-upper?
Dayana Yochim, The Motley Fool, February 2006

Penny pinchers
Ric Kahn, The Boston Globe, October 9, 2005

ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings interviewed Jeff Gore
November 2, 2002

Should the Penny Go?
Annelena Cobb, CNN/Money, April, 2002

Cents Sensibility
Mark Lewis, ABC News/Forbes, July 23, 2002

Ban the Penny
Mark Lewis, Forbes, July 5, 2002

Time For More Change in American Money System
Michael J. Ring, MIT Tech, August 1999

Future of the Penny
J. William Gadsby, United States General Accountability Office, July 16,1996

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