Have you ever looked at a coin in the palm of your hand and wondered where it has been, what it has seen and heard, and what stories it could tell?
Well, in a nutshell, that is what my new book, PENNY, is about as this very special one-cent piece passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints, and the sinners and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between. This book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNY passes through.
Why is this particular penny so special? Well, because it was the final U.S. penny ever minted of 95% copper, on October 22, 1982. After that, all U.S. one-cent pieces are pathetic and puny, consisting of 97.5% zinc with only a touch of copper thrown in. That's why.