Receiving loose change from a cashier was the norm before the coronavirus pandemic, but now that penny you find on the floor is more valuable than ever.

The U.S. is currently experiencing a shortage in coins, which are hard to come by due to business and bank closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Less in-person shopping and dining means fewer coins circulating throughout the country.

The United States Mint and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin even have posted messages on Twitter this month asking people to use their spare change at stores or turn in coins to the banks until the economy recovers and the shortage normalizes.

It’s just another thing that retailers have been forced to adjust to on the fly during the pandemic.

Wawa, for example, has started offering customers free beverages if they exchange $5 worth of coins into bills, and free hoagies for anyone who exchanges $50 in coins.


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