Many small companies around the country, as well as some larger corporations, have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has had an effect on enterprises of all sizes and created new difficulties for the economy, whether through outright closure or reduced staffing.
Coins such as pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, which are used often by consumers and merchants alike, have become scarce. Many people are worried because of the impact that the shortage is having on their capacity to provide clients change.
We hope that this information helps answer any questions you may have concerning the scarcity and the steps you may take to alleviate it.
As to Why there is a Deficit
The Federal Reserve has indicated that there is not a coin shortage, but rather a slowed down circulation of coinage owing to the economic repercussions of the pandemic, which we know has caused a lot of people to worry.
As a result of the temporary closure or reorganization of businesses including stores, banks, and laundromats, coin circulation in the economy slowed dramatically.
Although the rate at which new coins are introduced into circulation has reduced, this does not necessarily translate into a smaller total supply of coins in circulation.
The United States Treasury believes that there are $47.8 billion worth of coins in circulation, up from 2019’s predictions, and that all of these coins are held by the nation’s 128 million households.
Can You Tell Me What the U.S. Government Is Doing?
The United States Mint is striking a record number of coins to meet the soaring demand. The Mint had to swiftly cut staffing on each shift in the early days of the epidemic to adhere to social distancing rules.
However, as of mid-June, the Mint is running at full employee capacity, manufacturing 1.6 billion coins just in the month of June to assist ease the coin circulation challenges companies are experiencing.
While the United States Mint is hard at work striking new coins, only about 17% of coins in circulation were brand new in 2019. This indicates that there is sufficient supply of coins, but they are not being circulated.
The U.S. Coin Task Force was formed by the Federal Reserve to cope with this problem. Without ordering new coins from the Mint, this group has been hard at work brainstorming, implementing, and advocating for ways to increase coin circulation.
To what extent can you contribute?
The United States Coin Task Force has asked for public assistance in reversing the decline in coin circulation. Here are several ways you may assist in reintroducing coins into circulation, to the benefit of both you and your preferred neighborhood establishments. Start sweeping out the coin jars.
The time has come to put those spare coins to use in the household jar, bowl, or other coin receptacle. To fight the slowdown, it is helpful to collect spare change from around the house, in the car, and in your wallet to spend at local shops or to cash in.
Toss out all of your spare change
The U.S. Mint’s 50 State Quarter Program launched in the early 1990s, and the program quickly became a popular collecting goal for many citizens. It appears, however, that the demand for these quarters has declined, and therefore many people are redistributing the coins from their old collections. This is a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses while also enjoying a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Make a Bank Deposit with Your Coins
You can exchange your spare change for cash at many different kinds of bank vending machines. At Blackhawk Bank, we provide coin-operated ATMs in each branch’s waiting area. Find a location near you by clicking here!
Look for a Machine That Takes Coins
Coin-operated kiosks are commonly found in supermarket chains, where shoppers can make a small purchase or exchange coins. Visit the store’s kiosk to see if you can get cash, a gift card, or contribute your coins to a good cause the next time you shop there. Make use of networking sites
You should encourage your social media friends and followers to spend their coins. The United States Coin Task Force has initiated the #GetCoinMoving hashtag to encourage the public to use their social media platforms to raise awareness of the coin circulation problem.
Spending one’s money locally is a great way to support the economy and give back, even though the United States is still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.