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PENNY. The name of an English coin of the value of one-twelfth part of a shilling. While the United States were colonies, each adopted a monetary system composed of pounds, shillings, and pence. The penny varied in value in the different colonies.

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Crucially, these silver pennies bore the king's name on the obverse and that the moneyer on the reverse.
The zinc industry's lobbyists, called Americans for Common Cents, polled a sample a few years back, and found that two out of three of us want to keep pennies.
People like pennies, and they want the government to keep making them.
Customers can view the weekly specials in OfficeMax's circular advertisements and on its Back-to-School for Pennies web page.
We don't want to see our pennies and nickels melted down so a few individuals can take advantage of the American taxpayer.
Add four pennies to the top of the stack so that they cover the taped part of the rubber band.
Students also can donate pennies directly to WWF at Coinstar [c] machines located in supermarkets.
Parishioners would collect and save their pennies all week and during the Penny Song, the young people would collect them as an offering towards the building fund.
New evidence indicates that swallowing pennies minted after 1981 poses an especially dangerous threat to children and pets.
The Opinion Research poll found that over three-quarters of those surveyed (77%) were opposed to rounding cash transactions fearing merchants will raise prices rather than lose pennies and round down.
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Place each of the other two pennies into its own paper cup.