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Bizarre New Design Ruins Our 'Humble Penny'

No more Lincoln Memorial? What a shame
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 1:42 PM CST
Bizarre New Design Ruins Our 'Humble Penny'
The new penny is expected to be out next month.   (US Mint)

(Newser) – The newly designed penny continues the long tradition of ugly-looking US currency, writes William Bostwick. The front of the 2010 cent looks generally the same, but the back now has a Union shield in place of the Lincoln Memorial. That's only "the most emotionally and socially charged building in the country," Bostwick complains at Fast Company.

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"Gone is the wonderful level of detail (remember when you first discovered the tiny Lincoln statue in between the columns?)," he writes. The new design "is simplistic and fake-looking. The penny is valueless enough as it is, and a one-dimensional design like this only makes matters worse. With the humble penny now a mess, I'm hoarding my $1 bills." (Read more penny stories.)

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