What Do You Want Coins To Be Made Out Of?

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Hurry and respond before the April 4 deadline! The U.S. Mint wants the public’s thoughts and suggestions regarding what metals to use for producing the currency of the future. Personally, I’m pulling for tungsten, or anything that glows in the dark, really.

The United States Mint today announced that it is requesting public comment from all interested persons on factors to be considered in conducting research for alternative metallic coinage materials for the production of all circulating coins.

These factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of new metallic coinage materials on the current suppliers of coinage materials; the acceptability of new metallic coinage materials, including physical, chemical, metallurgical and technical characteristics; metallic material, fabrication, minting, and distribution costs; metallic material availability and sources of raw metals; coinability; durability; sorting, handling, packaging and vending machines; appearance; risks to the environment and public safety; resistance to counterfeiting; commercial and public acceptance; and any other factors considered to be appropriate and in the public interest.

The recently enacted Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-302) gives the United States Mint research and development authority to conduct studies for alternative metallic coinage materials.

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  • Anonymous

    I vote for Depleted Uranium coins. You would have to spend them before they burn a whole in your pocket.
    This would certainly be an economic stimulus not to mention kill off the surplus population.
    Isn’t this what our government wants?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    I vote for Depleted Uranium coins. You would have to spend them before they burn a hole in your pocket.
    This would certainly be an economic stimulus not to mention kill off the surplus population.
    Isn’t this what our government wants?

  • Anonymous

    Make them out of Oil.

  • Investinourftre

    Make them out of Oil.

  • Anonymous

    They should be made of fruit, that way you can eat them once inflation exceeds a certain point

  • JoiquimCouteau

    They should be made of fruit, that way you can eat them once inflation exceeds a certain point

  • Andrew

    Seeing as how money is nothing more than a medium of exchange, coins should be made out of the sturdiest and plentiful material possible.

  • Andrew

    Seeing as how money is nothing more than a medium of exchange, coins should be made out of the sturdiest and plentiful material possible.

    • DeepCough

      In that case, we should make them out of plastic, since the Federal Reserve has made us so accustomed to “Monopoly Money.”

      • Andrew

        Perfect. I approve.

  • Other Mr. T

    Aluminium and Palladium, since every foreign central bank is now hoarding gold and silver.

  • Other Mr. T

    Aluminium and Palladium, since every foreign central bank is now hoarding gold and silver.

  • DeepCough

    In that case, we should make them out of plastic, since the Federal Reserve has made us so accustomed to “Monopoly Money.”

  • Andrew

    Perfect. I approve.

  • http://profiles.google.com/foxisms Zachariah Fox

    Might as well just make coins out of flesh, and be done with the pretense of civility in mercantilism.
    War, international aggression and all items used for it are the big money makers in this world.
    It all come down to who gets their pound of flesh anyway, regardless of who believes their cause is just or otherwise.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/foxisms Zachariah Fox

    Might as well just make coins out of flesh, and be done with the pretense of civility in mercantilism.
    War, international aggression and all items used for it are the big money makers in this world.
    It all come down to who gets their pound of flesh anyway, regardless of who believes their cause is just or otherwise.

  • salad4me

    Galleum coins. They might melt in your pocket though.

  • salad4me

    Galleum coins. They might melt in your pocket though.

  • Lolo

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