It's like having your cake and eating it too. Pin a penny on, but no worries of them piling up in your wallet.
—Cathy Sutton, Victoria Beach Jeweller
The day the Mint produced its last run of the Canadian penny, Cathy Sutton decided she wasn't going to let the lowly cent slip away into oblivion.
"I have a kind of bittersweet feeling about the end of the Canadian penny", says the Winnipeg Beach jeweller. "For as long as I can remember, my unused purses would always have at least ten pennies hiding in zipper compartments and folds. To all of a sudden not have any pennies around made me a little sad--although the pounds of pennies I'd dump in our penny box was astounding and a weighty nuisance."
One-of-a-kind Penny Pin, designed by Victoria Beach jeweller Cathy Sutton. (Cathy Sutton)
Sutton just launched a unique line of Penny Pins, produced in her Winnipeg Beach studio. The pins are set in silver and copper, and adorned with diamonds, sapphires, and gold. They are one-of-a-kind and she's also taking custom orders - just in case you have a lucky penny stowed away.
The launch comes just as financial institutions are getting ready recall the coins, to be melted and the metal content recycled.
Sutton figures the Penny Pin could be the solution for those with mixed feelings about the demise of the cent. "It's like having your cake and eating it too. Pin a penny on, but no worries of them piling up in your wallet."
Check out the pins at Nepenthe Studio, in Winnipeg Beach, during the Interlake Artist's Wave Tour
, September 1 and 2.
Bring along your stash of pennies. Sutton is collecting pennies as a fundraiser for the Manitoba Kidney Foundation, as well as donating 5% of total sales during the Wave Tour.