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Joseph Coyne (New Earth)

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Quote1 When I get out, I'll get back at coppers and pennies! I'll fight coppers-- with pennies! Every job I pull will involve pennies! My crime symbol will be pennies! Quote2
-- The Penny Plunderer src

Joe Coyne was a man of modest beginnings. He earned pennies by peddling newspapers. He was later fired from his job for pitching pennies in the office and began a career in crime. He fumbled his first heist by robbing a cash register stuffed with pennies.

He later learned to embrace the symbol of his failure, and carved out a corner of the underworld by specializing in penny-themed crimes. His downfall was ironically caused by a pennies, the symbol of his failure and he was eventually defeated by Batman. Coyne was arrested and sentenced to death.[1]

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
  • The Giant Penny featured in the Penny Plunderer's first appearance, became a constant feature of the Batcave.
  • Because of the importance of the memorabilia, DC changed the origin story and the "Penny Plunderer" was eventually written out of the continuity of the DC universe altogether. The Giant Penny's origin was rewritten to be a souvenir of a fight with Two-Face.[citation needed]


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