I?ve been reading this article on the BBC website asking whether we really need the 1p coin considering that it has hardly any apparent value anymore.
I am of the view that the small coins, one penny and 2 pence, will be around with us for a while until either of two things happen. The first is that the rate of inflation rises to such a level as that nothing costs one penny anymore, and so the lowest value of coin is say five pence, but this is quite a long way down the line. The second is that hard cash is erradicated completely in favour of electronic money, i.e. Debit Cards or whatever althernative is around.
I think that by the time inflation rises to the level in the first scenario, it is more than likely that we will all be using cards instead of cash anyway, such is the way things are going with the proliference of card over cash.
At the moment though there is a place for ?real? money, and whilst that is the way then there will be a place for the humble penny.
?Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves?
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