I suppose you could also interpret the hollow silhouette of Lincoln as a symbolic representation of the loss of traditional something something art.
It doesn't look very nice because I threw it together in about an hour, based on an image from Wikipedia. There's also the issue of the portrait taking up the back as well, which requires a medal turn instead of a coin turn like every other American coin. Oh well. It's an idea.
And they're not such awful little coins, afterall. I collect them.
I don't really hate pennies, though. But we already have more than we need sitting around in people's coin jars, and it's pointless to continue making more coins that barely get circulated. But if we do keep making them (which we will), I see no reason not to do so in a more cost-effective way, as we should for anything.
The problem I've found with the penny, is that no one wants them anyways. You find pennies everywhere. I probably see pennies on the streets on a daily basis, because no one likes having that extra change bouncing around in their pockets.
I never keep my pennies, I usually just put them in the 1 cent charity boxes most gas stations have in my area. I just can't think of any circumstances where I've needed a penny to afford something.