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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Feb 14, 2014

The United States is paying 9.4 cents for every nickel it mints.  And Congress is not very happy about it. 

So tests are underway to find cheaper materials for nickels, and the latest experiment involves making nickels with the same formula used to make pennies - a zinc base covered with a thin layer of copper. 
And we all know what those zinc pennies look like when they've been in the ground a while - will the same fate soon befall our nickels too? 

This photo shows the experimental nickels.  (They don't have the markings of regular nickels, because the mint doesn't want collectors clamoring for them.)

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