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U.S. Coin Shortage Calls For Busting Open Piggy Banks


by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

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Break out the kiddos’ piggy banks! A side effect to a spring and summer that saw most Americans staying home is a nationwide coin shortage. As in-person retail sales plummeted, so did the pace of coin circulation, and some businesses simply don’t have access to change and require shoppers to pay with cards or use exact change. The U.S. Mint say the coin shortage may be one part of the pandemic we can tackle, and children can help by putting their spare change to use. The Mint is asking the public to spend their coins, deposit them, or exchange them for paper money at the bank or a coin redemption kiosk.

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