I just read this article in salon.com:
Canada says goodbye to the penny
The article mentions that "Google is marking the passing of the penny with a dedicated doodle on its Canadian home page." Also that other nations have phased out the penny. I remember when country-specific Euro coins were released in 2002, and by the time I visited Helsinki in Fall 2003 on a trip to Estonia, one- and two-cent Euro coins were already being sold at a premium.While people may still use pennies, the government has issued guidelines urging store owners to start rounding prices to the nearest nickel for cash transactions. Electronic purchases will still be billed to the nearest cent.