I would hate to see the penny be discontinued for one reason only- squashed pennies.
Squashed pennies are the cheapest souvenir you can get on a trip, easy to carry and and even easier to store when you get home.
In our collection of 30 something different pennies, our prized penny in the collection is the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile which R. and I recently got on our trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan this summer.
I have listened to the debates about whether or not to discontinue making them and although I believe we need to continue some traditions I don’t feel the continued minting of pennies is something that adds any benefit to our economy. The cost out ways the importance.