Cost of Penny Occupies Lawmakers' Thoughts
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
And what's happening in the market for precious metals is the price of gold hit a record $1,000 an ounce before sliding back. We don't mostly have gold jingling in our pockets, so our last word in business: copper. And copper prices are also skyrocketing.
Copper's gotten so expensive it now costs the government 1.7 cents to make one cent, meaning, of course, the penny coin. And that's one reason the head of the U.S. Mint was on Capitol Hill this week talking up a proposal to change the composition of coins so they're cheaper to make.
One lawmaker offered another proposal: how about scrapping the penny all together?
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