The deadline to submit public comment on the U.S. Mint’s
research and development efforts on alternative metals for circulating
coinage has been extended to June 24.
The original deadline was June 10. The extension was requested by
the National Armored Carriers Association.
According to the
Register announcement June 4, the Mint is seeking input on
specific factors the bureau identified in its Alternatives Metal Study
submitted to Congress in December 2012. These factors include changes
to U.S. coins in weight, color, electromagnetic signature,
environmental impact, and transition/implementation period.
Although the study was prompted primarily by the costs of the
copper-plated cent and copper-nickel 5-cent coin staying above face
value, the 2012 report offered no recommendations for alternative
compositions that would bring costs below face value.
The study, authorized under the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and
Continuity Act of 2010, Public Law 111-302 , is available here.
The Mint’s next biennial report is scheduled for delivery to
Congress by Dec. 14, 2014.
Statements may be electronically submitted to the website established for public comment.
All written comments must be submitted to Coin Stakeholders
Response, Office of Coin Studies, United States Mint, 801 Ninth St.
N.W., Washington, DC 20220.
For further information, contact the Office of Coin Studies by