On Sat, 4 Aug 2001 at 17:54:45 -0700, Curtis Clark
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> ...afaik Canadian pennies are still made of bronze, and if copper
> prices were to go up, they would be worth more dead than alive.
I read somewhere that when the value of the Italian lira dropped
below a certain point, all the small change was swept up by the
button manufacturers because the coins were cheaper at their face
values than purpose-made metal disks around which buttons are
Hence, in Italy today, there is no small change, but there is a dish
of wrapped sweets by every cash register to serve in lieu.
The fact that there is probably no button-manufacturing industry in
Canada may serve to forestall this particular fate for the Canajun
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada