All things random and shiny
Last year the Government of Canada announced that it would be phasing out the penny. So, as of February 4, 2013 the Canadian Mint is no longer making and distributing pennies. Retailers are supposed to round cash transactions up or down to the nearest 5 cents, but they are free to accept pennies indefinitely.
Sure there are good sound reasons to phase out the penny (the main one being that they cost more to make than they are worth), but as a pedant and hater of change I am ensaddened (sure it’s a word. Honest). But, my personal feelings aside, some moderately neat-o things have come out of Canada’s transition away from the penny.
Have a look at these most awesome of things that people are doing with their obsolete Canadian pennies:
Over at Creating Domestic Bliss, blogger Amanda shows you how she made this nifty art piece. I’m very tempted to make this myself…
And, via the Globe and Mail, check out this awesome penny dress crafted using approximately 1800 coins:
And Blogger Jproe spent four days and used nearly 12, 000 pennies to make this amazing feature wall in his cottage:
Okay, this one is a cheater, as these are US pennies, but how is this not awesome? Marvel at the cubic cubosity of the penny cube:
And for those of you who like that sort of thing, the Royal Canadian Mint has a pretty neat infographic tracing the history of the Canadian penny:
So, do you have any crazy plans for your carefully hoarded pennies? I think recycling them into art is the best thing ever.