Project Description

A heap of 1p coins placed on the wide rim of a disused fountain.

Anna Brownsted

Afterword (2021)

In 2018, the UK Treasury held a public consultation on whether or not to cease making 1p and 2p coins. The strongest and most successful opposition came from the charity sector, arguing that the penny is vital as it makes up the largest percentage of coin donations.

In 2021, the Chinese government systematically froze the financial accounts and assets of Apple Daily, forcing the pro-democracy tabloid-style newspaper to permanently cease all operations due to an inability to pay staff and costs.

Consider these two events as key incidents in an unfolding social experiment on value, freedom and the politics of finance.

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