It’s National One Cent Day
In addition to today being April Fools’ Day, I was doing some searching and discovered that it’s also National One Cent Day. So, I guess in celebration, give someone a penny. Other than that, there’s not much more information on National One Cent Day, or how to celebrate. Although, I did find some interesting facts about pennies.
According to Wikipedia,
“When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of United States coinage, as it was the first regular coin to bear a portrait other than the mythical Liberty, which appeared on most pre-1909 regular coins.”
So, how much does it cost to make a penny? Again, according to Wikipedia,
“The US Mint reported that in fiscal year 2010 the cost of producing and shipping one-cent coins was $0.0179 – more than the face value of the coin. By 2012, this figure increased to $0.0241 because of the cost of materials and production. This is partly due to the significant rise in global metal demand and prices.”
And, last, but not least, once again according to Wikipedia,
“The U.S. Mint‘s official name for a penny is “cent“ and the U.S. Treasury’s official name is “one cent piece”. The colloquial term penny derives from the British coin of the same name, the pre-decimal verison of which had a similar value. In American English, pennies is the plural form, other plural forms pence and pee (standard use in British English) are rarely, if ever, used.”