Two cents' worth on the new penny (Video)
Video by Anna Uhls/The Washington Post
Tourists at the Lincoln Memorial express their thoughts about removing the memorial's iconic image from the new penny.
As colleague Steve Hendrix reports today, In its place is a "Union Shield," a simple acorn of 13 stripes capped with the motto "E Pluribus Unum." On the "heads" side, the iconic profile of the 16th president by Victor David Brenner remains unchanged.
The U.S. Mint has been stamping out the new design since February; presses in Philadelphia and Denver have already produced more than 3.6 billion of them. But officials said the down economy has made banks slow to request new coins. It will be years, they said, before shield pennies become as common as the tens of billions of Lincoln Memorial pennies now filling sofa cracks and dresser tops around the country.
| December 14, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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