The March 11 Economy and Business item “For U.S. Mint, the high costs of small change” perpetuated the incorrect characterization of the “cent” as a “penny.” In fact, since 1793, the government has minted cents and has always called them that.

The current incarnation, the Lincoln cent, has been minted continuously since 1909. The U.S. Mint doesn’t call them “pennies.” This incorrect description of “penny” and “pennies” seems to persist no matter what anybody says about it. I think The Post might want to consider correcting that incorrect nomenclature.

Eric M. Larson,

Takoma Park