The One Ghana Pesewa coin,
which was introduced as part of redenomination of the country's
currency in 2007 is not easily accepted among the public either for
purchases or change, a survey has revealed.
The survey, mainly public opinion sampling on the
acceptability of the One Pesewa coin, conducted by the Ghana
News Agency (GNA) further revealed many instances where some
buyers prefer to let vendors keep the coin, rather than to collect it
In few instances, some people even refuse to accept the One
Pesewa coin as legal tender, a situation which requires prompt
action from authorities to step up education to drum home the fact
that irrespective of its value, the coin remains a legal tender.
Some people who spoke to the GNA advocated the withdrawal
of the coins from circulation, saying its continuous use as a
medium for the transaction of business might create problems.
Mrs. Margaret Asante, a shop owner who supported this
assertion, said though she accepted the coin from her customers,
it was always a problem whenever she issued them as change to
She said she was keeping a box full of One Pesewa coins
rejected by customers and urged Government to initiate steps to
address the problem.