The Corner

Pennies

All the way with John and Jonah.

1. Britain’s decision to abolish its traditional coinage was grotesque. Did anyone at the time point out that one of the features of Airstrip One in 1984 is decimal coinage?

2. The other shoe, waiting to drop on this issue, is the abolition of the dollar bill and its substitution by a coin. The copper industry wants this, having lost pennies to zinc. What an act of historical lobotomy–losing Lincoln and Washington in one fell swoop.

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