Should we get rid of the one penny coin?

  • 4 February 2013
Should we get rid of the one penny coin?

Canada is getting rid of its one cent coin and shopkeepers now have to round up or down when they're giving out change.

The Canadian Government decided to stop making them because they cost a lot to make, but their value is too small.

Some shopkeepers say this is good news, because counting pennies and putting them in the bank takes too much time and effort.

Other countries like Australia, Brazil and Sweden, don't have pennies either.

In the UK, the penny is the most common coin, with a whopping 11.3 billion pennies in circulation.

Do you think we should get rid of the one penny coin in the UK too? Where do you keep your pennies and what do you spend them on?

Send us your comments and let us know!

Sorry this page is now closed. Here are some of the comments you sent in.

"I think they should get rid of 1p coins because they are a waste of space in your purse as they just sit there and don't get spent."

Becky, Crawley, England

"I really don't want to get rid of the one pence coin! My mum collects all her 1p coins and then spends them all at once which works well."

Anna, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Do NOT get rid of the penny coins! Remember every penny counts!"

Sarrah, London, England

"I think we should collect all the 1p's and send the money to poor countries."

Danyal, Leicester, England