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

Strong Support for the Penny in Recent Poll

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[…]

GAO Issues Flawed Report on Changes to US Currency

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[…]

President’s Day – A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies

President’s Day gives us the chance – at least once a year – to recognize Abraham Lincoln’s immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily. President Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure,” said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents. “It’s not just that the Read more about President’s Day – A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies[…]

Americans For Common Cents: 66% of Americans Favor Keeping the Penny

Poll Shows Americans Concerned About Costly Price Rounding System If Penny Is Eliminated WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) shows overwhelming support for the penny by the American public. Over two-thirds (67%) of those surveyed favored keeping the penny in circulation. “Americans understand that eliminating the penny would lead to Read more about Americans For Common Cents: 66% of Americans Favor Keeping 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[…]