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National One Cent Day

Celebrated on the first of April every year, National One Cent Day celebrates the almighty penny. When the U.S. Mint was created in 1792, one of the first coins made was the one-cent coin. The image on the front of the coin was a lady with flowing hair, who stood for liberty. The coin was larger and made of pure copper, and weighed 13.48 grams.

Today, pennies are much smaller, lighter and are now a mix of copper and zinc. The design has changed many times through the years. The current design has sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln on the front, with a union shield on back symbolizing President Lincoln’s preservation of the United States as a single country. A bar above the shield is inscribed with the national motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“out of many, one”).

Small coin. Big impact.
Tower is putting the penny to work helping local military heroes and children in need in our community through the Pennies for Change program. Every time you use your Tower debit or credit card, Tower will donate one cent to the TowerCares Foundation. Learn more.

Resources: U.S. Mint, TowerCares Foundation,

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