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The 2020 National Coin Shortage: Why Nickles, Dimes and Quarters are in Short Supply

2020 is a year of continuous curveballs. The latest bizarre crisis facing the United States? A shortage of common coins in circulation. Just as stocks of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies return to normal levels, another item we take for granted is in drastically short supply: regular pocket change.   Banks and businesses…

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The One Thing That Saved the San Francisco Mint

This is the third installment in our series about United States mints. In the mid-nineteenth century in San Francisco, one thing was on everybody’s mind: gold! But the nearest mint to the California Gold Rush was all the way in New Orleans. A mint was badly needed to turn the huge supplies of raw gold…

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We Shall Overcome: Commemorative Civil Rights Act Silver Dollar

The United States Mint recently announced that the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be commemorated with the release of a brand-new silver dollar. In a 1963 civil rights speech, President John F. Kennedy asked for legislation that would give all Americans the right to be served in…

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