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

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[…]

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Penny Legislation Passes House, Clearing Way for Presidential Signature

To: National CircuitContact: Mark W. Weller, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org); (202) 312-7426 December 14, 2005 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on December 13 to honor the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009, by a vote of 291 to 113, clearing the way for signature by the president.  The Read more about Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Penny Legislation Passes House, Clearing Way for Presidential Signature[…]

Legislation to Redesign Lincoln Penny Passes Senate; Creates Presidential $1 Coin Program

To: National Circuit Contact: Mark W. Weller, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org) (202) 312-7426 Legislation to Redesign Lincoln Penny Passes Senate; Creates Presidential $1 Coin Program Similar to 50 State Quarters Program November 21 – The United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation on November 18 that would make historic redesign changes to the reverse side Read more about Legislation to Redesign Lincoln Penny Passes Senate; Creates Presidential $1 Coin Program[…]

Legislation Honors 2009 Bicentennial of Lincoln’s Birth with Penny Redesign; Creates $1 Coin Series

To: National Circuit Contact: Mark W. Weller, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org) (202) 312-7426 Legislation Honors 2009 Bicentennial of Lincoln’s Birth with Penny Redesign; Creates $1 Presidential Coin Series May 18 – United States Senators John Sununu (R-NH) and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation on May 17 reaffirming Congressional interest in making historic changes Read more about Legislation Honors 2009 Bicentennial of Lincoln’s Birth with Penny Redesign; Creates $1 Coin Series[…]

Making Every Cent Count: 129 Billion Pennies Processed by Coinstar = “Small Fortune” for Americans

To: National Circuit Contact: Mark W. Weller, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org) (202) 312-7426 Making Every Cent Count: 129 Billion Pennies Processed by Coinstar Adds Up to a “Small Fortune” for Americans July 15 – “Americans continue to maximize the value of their loose change – especially their pennies,”  according to Mark W. Weller, Executive Read more about Making Every Cent Count: 129 Billion Pennies Processed by Coinstar = “Small Fortune” for Americans[…]

Building Communities and Improving Lives One Penny at a Time – Charities Earn Millions With Pennies

To: National Circuit Contact: Mark W. Weller, Americans for Common Cents (www.pennies.org) (202) 312-7426 Building Communities and Improving Lives One Penny at a Time – Charitable Groups Earn Millions Annually Through Penny Drives July 2 – American charities raise money in a variety of ways: annual funding drives, tax-deductible donations, and corporate sponsorship are just Read more about Building Communities and Improving Lives One Penny at a Time – Charities Earn Millions With Pennies[…]