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The Coonridge Digest: That’s close enough… Have a nice day

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Ridge.

Pity the poor penny.

Benjamin Franklin suggested the first design for our cousin of the British pence and now 300 billion coins and 11 designs later, they are thrown into drawers, unspent, by 58% of the American public.

Franklin’s coin was five times heavier and half again as large as today’s counterpart, and it had the additional benefit of being worth something.

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