Americans For Common Cents
Charities thrive on pennies. While some question the value of the penny, collectively the penny is powerful and aids charities in raising hundreds of millions of dollars for important causes — yes, one cent at a time.
Consumers benefit with a low denomination coin. Moreover, faith in the strength of the economy and the nation is tied to perceptions about the currency system, and public acceptance is an important criterion for evaluating currency and coinage changes.
An overwhelming number of Americans want to keep the penny. National polling over the last 25 years by Gallup, AP, Coinstar and other organizations show that between two-thirds and three-quarters of Americans want to keep the penny.
Q & A
Answers to some frequently asked questions about the penny.
Americans Support the Penny
National polling over the last 25 years by Gallup, AP, Coinstar and other organizations show that between two-thirds and three-quarters of Americans want to keep the penny. A poll conducted by Americans for Common Cents in 2014 found over two-thirds (68%) of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation. The results were consistent with a 2012 poll that showed 66% of Americans favor keeping the penny. Americans understand that eliminating the penny would lead to a rounding process and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars in higher prices. The 2014 ACC poll results from Opinion Research Corporation showed that: Over two-thirds of adults (68%) favor keeping the penny in circulation; Nearly three-quarters of Americans (73%) were concerned that without the penny merchants might use price rounding to raise prices. 71% of those earning $35,000 or less per year want to keep the penny. These results confirm the strong and unwavering support the penny continues to receive from Americans.
On December 2, 2020 the House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Mint to change the composition of coins. H.R. 7995 sponsored by Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) would permit a change in the metal content of our coins if it reduces costs and is seamless, which is determined by verifying that the coins Read more about House Passes Coin Metal Legislation[…]
The U.S. Mint is taking steps to alleviate coin shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second half of 2020, the Mint expects production increases to 1.35 billion coins per month that would add up to a projected total of 14.2 billion coins produced in 2020 according to Statista. In June, the Federal Reserve Read more about US Mint to Increase Coin Production[…]
Temporary Coin Shortages Expected to Fade as Businesses Reopen June 23, 2020 05:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In testimony before a House Congressional Committee last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that we may see spot coin shortages around the country as a result of the state economic shutdowns that began in March Read more about Coronavirus Impacts Flow of Money[…]
COVID-19 has substantially altered our country’s economic and social landscape, including how we purchase goods. Part of this change is a fear that the virus can be transmitted by currency. Amidst the spread of misinformation suggesting coins are a greater transmitter of viruses and bacteria than other surfaces, consider the mighty penny and its properties. Read more about Copper: An Ally to Fight Viruses and Bacteria[…]
2020 Testimony of Mark Weller Before the House Task Force on Financial Technology: “Is Cash Still King?”
Cash in a World of Digital Payments ACC Testimony before the House Financial Services Task Force on Financial Technology Posted on January 31, 2020 Americans for Common Cents provided testimony for Members of the House Task Force on Financial Technology. The January 30 hearing reviewed the rise of mobile payments and asked the question, “Is Cash Read more about 2020 Testimony of Mark Weller Before the House Task Force on Financial Technology: “Is Cash Still King?”[…]
Cash is a Defense to Cyberterrorism. Cash is convenient, private and free to use. Cash is also the safest payment method, which is why cash demand skyrockets during crises, be it man-made or a natural disaster. (MorningConsult)
Appeared in MorningConsult CASH AS A DEFENSE TO CYBERTERRORISM Posted on January 13, 2020 As a result of the killing of Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani, the United States faces a tangible threat that Iran may employ its cyberwarfare prowess in retaliation. A cyber response is especially worrisome, as Iran has previously demonstrated its ability Read more about Cash is a Defense to Cyberterrorism. Cash is convenient, private and free to use. Cash is also the safest payment method, which is why cash demand skyrockets during crises, be it man-made or a natural disaster. (MorningConsult)[…]
Penny popularity comes at a time when stores are experimenting with cashless payment. More than two-thirds of Americans (68%) want to keep the penny, according to a poll released by Americans for Common Cents (ACC). (Graphic: Business Wire) April 25, 2019 07:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over two-thirds of Americans (68%) want to keep Read more about Strong Support for the Penny in Recent Poll[…]
Fails to Capture Costs Associated with Eliminating the Penny A Government Accountability Office (GAO) Congressional advisory report released on March 21 incorrectly estimates the budgetary impact from changing U.S. currency. The Senate Budget Committee asked the GAO to examine three issues: 1) the benefit to the government of replacing the $1 dollar note with a Read more about GAO Issues Flawed Report on Changes to US Currency[…]
In testimony before a House Financial Services Subcommittee, Mint Director David Ryder reaffirmed the government’s position by saying, “it is not the intent of the Treasury Department to eliminate the penny.” Ryder went on to say that the Mint plans to create programs to increase the current recirculation of pennies and reduce costs. Ryder noted Read more about Mint Director Confirms Penny Support[…]
The high costs from eliminating the penny would dwarf any proposed savings according to a new economic study. Titled “The Economics of Eliminating or Retaining the U.S. Penny,” the study found eliminating the penny would cost Americans a whopping $909 million to $1.93 billion per year. The study was funded by the coin cashing service Read more about Economic Study Supports Penny’s Value[…]