When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn’t getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn’t even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change’s quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.
Consumers who use coin machines at grocery stores may not be getting an accurate count.
The rising cost of metals has rekindled debate in Congress over whether the U.S. Mint can afford to keep manufacturing pennies.