Since the pandemic began, we have witnessed a growing concern regarding a national “coin shortage.” However, what we are really experiencing is a coin circulation problem, not a coin “shortage.” Much
of the $48.5 billion in coin already in circulation is sitting dormant inside America’s 128 million households, collecting in change jars and car cup holders.
The nation’s grocers have not been immune to the challenges posed by the scarcity of coins. It is creating many hurdles for shoppers who use cash to purchase the products their families need and retail stores that need to make change at the register.
For millions of Americans, cash is the only form of payment. These neighbors are the ones being most impacted by the current coin circulation disruptions.