Coins May Be The Next Item In Short Supply Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: BJ Leiderman still writes our theme music, but pocket change is the new toilet paper. How's that for a transition? In another sign of how the coronavirus disrupts supply chains, banks around the country are running low on nickels, dimes, quarters and even pennies. The Federal Reserve has started rationing coins. NPR's Scott Horsley reports. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: In an ordinary week, the Bank of Lincoln County, Tenn., might hand out 400 or 500 rolls of pennies. Banker Gay Dempsey says her business customers rely on those pennies, nickels and other change to stock their cash registers. GAY DEMPSEY: Think about your grocery stores and convenience stores and a lot of people that still operate...

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Coins May Be The Next Item In Short Supply Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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