Jan 18, 2013
Last month, the United States Mint submitted a 400-page report
to Congress that could make the coin identification circuitry of
our metal detectors obsolete.
A move is afoot to save the government big bucks by changing the metal composition of our coins.
No longer would a penny be a zincoln. No longer would our dimes and quarters be made from the 92% - 8% copper-nickel ratio we use now.
And metal detectors that are programmed to recognize our current coins would be mightily confused with different metal formulations.
This is a photo of a prototype quarter, made from a metal formulation that would give it a yellow or golden hue. (NOTE: The picture and wording are random because the mint didn't want to create "collectible" experimental coins).
Is this the future of our United States coinage system?
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