Riddle Me This?

Three guests check into a hotel room. The clerk says the bill is $30, so each guest pays $10. Later the clerk realizes the bill should only be $25. To rectify this, he gives the bellhop $5 to return to the guests. On the way to the room, the bellhop realizes that he cannot divide the money equally. As the guests didn’t know the total of the revised bill, the bellhop decides to just give each guest $1 and keep $2 for himself. Each guest got $1 back: so now each guest only paid $9; bringing the total paid to $27. The bellhop has $2. And $27 + $2 = $29 so, if the guests originally handed over $30, what happened to the remaining $1?

Can Money Literally disappear into thin air?  Sometimes it feels like it.

All about the Penny

As Canadians begin to learn to live without the penny, I thought that it would be a good time for some penny facts….

  • The penny was first minted by the Canadian Government in 1858.  It Weighed 4.54 grams, and comprised of 95% copper.  It had a mintage of approximately 421,000.

  • With Inflation a 1870 penny would be worth approximately 31 Cents today
  • Rarest Canadian Penny is the 1936 Dot Coin.  There are only 3 known specimens.  In January 2010 a 1936 coin sold for $400,000 dollars at auction.

Check your pennies….

  • The maple leaf image that we have known for so many years was first struck in 1937, with the iconic image being designed by G.E. Kruger Gray, and had remained  the same since with the only exception being that of the 1967 for the Centennial Celebrations

1937 Penny Canada’s Iconic Maple Leaf Image

Only Deviation from Iconic Maple Leaf Design

  • Queen Victoria (1858-1901), King Edward VII(1902-1910), King George V (1911-1936), King George VI (1937-1952), and Queen Elizabeth II (1953-2012) have all been the face of the penny.
  • 2006 was the highest mintage of the Canadian penny at over 1.2 billion Pennies struck.
  • Last penny was struck on May 4th 2012.  It weighed 2.35 grams (almost half the weight of the original penny), and comprised of 94% steel.  Only 4.5% was copper plating.  It cost approximately 1.6 cents to make the 1 cent coin.

  • Although it is no longer being produced, the penny remains a legal tender of Canada

What will you do with your pennies….

The end of the Penny

It is now official,  the Canadian government has killed the Penny.  As of February 4th, 2013 the penny will no longer be produced or relevant within the Canadian Economy.  Or will it?

You cannot argue with the government reasoning to put the penny into retirement, after all it costs almost double the face value of coin, and in the end is expected to save the Canadian Tax payer $11 Million a year.  But will  the penny ever be irrelevant to the Canadian people.  In my opinion No.  There are so many pennies out in circulation that no one can even hazard a guess as to how many exist.  In 2011 alone the Canadian Mint issued 662,750,000, and over 1.2 Million in just 2006.  (well according to the Mintage numbers posted on the mints website).  Based on the numbers posted, between 2000 and 2011 the Canadian Mint minted approximately 9,519,572,000 pennies.  That’s alot of Pennies.  That’s alot of money sitting in piggy banks, purses, jars, or just laying around.  Pennies just waiting to become something other then a now obsolete currency coin.

What would you do if you found 100 pennies, 1000 pennies, or 10,000 pennies?  Would you put them to good use, or continue to forget about them, and leave them laying around?  One group of Canadians that are hoping to cash in on the retirement of the Penny is our charities.  You see them everywhere right now, penny collection jars.  Please do not let this coin go unused, forgotten, or over looked.  Use your pennies for things that are needed.  They really do start to add up, when they are a collected and used.  Just like any journey, adventure or voyage, they all begin with a single step.  The idea of understanding money, business and finances all begin with 1 lonely penny.