The U.S. Mint is asking for help from the public to recirculate coins – pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
While there is an adequate supply of coins currently in the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the pace of circulation, resulting in a nationwide slowdown.
The public can help recirculate coins by: paying with exact change in retail establishments; depositing coins in financial institutions or exchanging for currency; and taking spare change to coin redemption kiosks available at many banks, grocery stores and other retail establishments.
The slowdown of coin circulation was caused by COVID-19 restrictions that went into place starting in March.
Establishments where coins typically enter society such as retail shops, bank lobbies, transit authorities and laundromats were temporarily closed to traffic.
During closures, coins that normally would have been received in change were not being circulated back into the system.
Additionally, during the early phases of COVID-19, the U.S. Mint reduced production to enhance social distancing and mitigate exposure.