In the recent weeks, our country has come across a new issue as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. No, it’s not any home necessities like paper towels or toilet paper. It’s not even anything medical like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. It is none other than coins.

Almost every business you go to, either a grocery store or a fast food restaurant, you will more than likely find a sign or be told that due to a nation-wide coin shortage, you must pay with exact change or with either a credit or debit card. Even though I’m used to paying with a card the grand majority of the time, not all people prefer to use a card, and there are some who don’t carry or own a debit or credit card. It’s not surprising that people are upset about this, no matter what political beliefs they have. How is there a shortage of coins? I believe that there are several factors here.

Nolan Schmidt is an independent filmmaker, and serves as Vice Chair for the Guadalupe County Libertarian Party.

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One of my all time favorite signs at a business read like this: "In God we trust. All others must pay cash."


Remember the commemorative "state quarters" that were introduced? Collector books became available, were filled, and saved. They became more valued as collectibles than as a currency. For various reasons, coins are viewed by many as a nuisance that even banks would prefer not to deal with them. Perhaps they have outlived their usefulness, replaced by the use of debit and credit cards.

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