Mar 11, 2016
"Psst! Hey Bud! This penny cost me almost two cents
- yours for just a penny! And this nickel cost almost eight
cents - wanna buy it for a nickel?"
That's the United States Mint, selling its coins for below cost. As they have been doing for years.
How to handle the problem? Suggested fixes include using cheaper metals, or simply doing away with the coins altogether. This show examines the cost of minting coins.
The photo, by the way, is of an alternative-metal nickel design.
If you don't yet have a copy of The Metal Detecting Manual, here's where you can get one: http://treasuremanual.com.