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  • This undated photo provided on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia shows a bonneted Martha Washington on a nonsense test piece. The Mint has been testing different materials to fiend less expensive ways to make coins. (AP Photo U.S. Mint)

    U.S. Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

    When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change's quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

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