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Pennies And Nickels Leave Holiday Shoppers Short-Changed

By Bill Wichert
Published on Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

It's Black Friday, but holiday shoppers will need more than pennies and nickels to see any savings.

The latest ruling from the Truth-O-Meter revealed that it costs the U.S. Mint more to make a penny and a nickel than the value of the currency itself. U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist.) received a True for making that claim in a statement submitted to the Congressional Record.

Producing and distributing a penny in 2010 cost 1.79 cents, and a nickel cost 9.22 cents. In total, the U.S. Mint lost $42.6 million on the more than 3.48 billion pennies and 359 million nickels produced and distributed in fiscal year 2010.

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