It costs the US Mint more than two cents to make a penny; it costs more than 11 cents to make a nickel.
Finishing touches are being put on a six-month, $4-million makeover of the tour at the US Mint in Philadelphia, which reopens to the public on July 3rd.
A penny costs more than two cents to make; a nickel, more than 11. Mint spokesman Tom Jurkowsky says, that just is not sustainable.
Congress ordered the Mint, in 2005, to make four different dollar coins a year, each honoring a different president, until 2016. A handful of collectors seemed to be just about the only people interested in them.
The public can no longer tour the U.S mint in Philadelphia to see how coins are made, at least until this summer.