It costs the government 1.5 cents to produce each penny. Why continue making pennies with the current zinc-copper composition? Some want to retire the penny altogether. Is the zinc industry lobbying to keep the penny in existence, or do people just want to hold onto the coins?
If we can make money out of paper, I see no reason to continue strict regulations for the materials contained within coins. I suppose I’d like to see pennies disappear, but I’m not emphatic about it.