Americans for Common Cents (ACC) conducts research and provides information to Congress and the Executive Branch on the value and benefits of the penny.

Lincoln Penny Design for 2010 and Beyond

Press Release Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  February 11, 2010 The U.S. Mint unveiled the new 2010 Lincoln penny design during a Springfield, Illinois ceremony on February 11.  The reverse design features a Union shield emblematic of President Lincoln’s preservation of the United States.  The shield includes 13 vertical stripes representing the Read more about Lincoln Penny Design for 2010 and Beyond[…]

Celebrating Lincoln and the Penny on his 200th Birthday

Press Release                                                                                                Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  November 12, 2009  “The 200th birthday of President Lincoln gives Americans the welcome opportunity to recognize his immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily,” said Mark W. Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents (ACC). In examining Read more about Celebrating Lincoln and the Penny on his 200th Birthday[…]

Four New Penny Designs Honor Lincoln Bicentennial

Press Release Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  September 22, 2008 Washington, DC – It is fitting and proper, as President Lincoln would say, to honor the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth with four new penny designs.  Authorized by legislation enacted in late 2005, the new designs depict different aspects of our 16th Read more about Four New Penny Designs Honor Lincoln Bicentennial[…]

US House of Reps Moving Forward With The Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008

Press Release Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  April 29, 2008 WASHINGTON, DC -Americans For Common Cents understands that the US House of Representatives may be moving forward soon on The Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008 (H.R. 5512), which would authorize a change in the metallic content of coins. While Read more about US House of Reps Moving Forward With The Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008[…]

Steel Penny Legislation Introduced

Press Release                                                                                                Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  November 2, 2007                                         WASHINGTON, DC – Illinois Representative Peter Roskam introduced legislation yesterday to change the metal of the composition of the penny to steel. According to Roskam, other countries have adjusted the metal content of some or all of their circulating coins given the increase in Read more about Steel Penny Legislation Introduced[…]

New Designs Recommended for the 2009 Lincoln Cent

Press Release                                                                                                Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  September 26, 2007                                         WASHINGTON, DC – To honor the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009, legislation was enacted in late 2005 suggesting four new penny designs. The new designs, for the back of the coin with the Lincoln Memorial, are to depict different aspects Read more about New Designs Recommended for the 2009 Lincoln Cent[…]

Legislation Introduced to Give the Mint Authority to Change Coin Metal Content

Press Release                                                                                                Contact: Mark Weller (202) 408-3933 For Immediate Release:  August 6, 2007                                        WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation introduced last week in the House and Senate would give the Mint the authority to change the metal composition of coins. Under current law, Congress determines the size, weight, composition and design of coins. House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank Read more about Legislation Introduced to Give the Mint Authority to Change Coin Metal Content[…]

Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Keeping the Penny in Two Recent Polls-Costly Price Rounding a Concern

To: National Circuit Contact: Mark W. Weller or Matthew J. Eggers, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org); (202) 312-7426 WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 — A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents shows strong backing for the one-cent coin or Lincoln penny by the American public.  The vast majority of those surveyed (69%) favored keeping the Read more about Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Keeping the Penny in Two Recent Polls-Costly Price Rounding a Concern[…]

Misguided Bill to Abolish Dollar Bill and One-Cent Coin Introduced in Congress

To: National Circuit Contact: Mark W. Weller or Matthew J. Eggers, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org); (202) 312-7426 July 18, 2006 — Legislation was unveiled today in Congress that seeks to eliminate two fundamental cornerstones of the United States monetary system — the one-cent coin and dollar bill. “This legislation is bad for Americans and Read more about Misguided Bill to Abolish Dollar Bill and One-Cent Coin Introduced in Congress[…]