So as of late, the store has been having trouble getting quarters and yes even pennies from the bank they use. That said, they bought $200 in 50c pieces to use for change to save on quarters. It's fantastic having that extra slot for them! Love it! And it DID save on quarters. I usually open a few rolls per day, but today I didn't have to. 50c coins makes sense. I didn't see any silver but my eyes and ears are wide open. An older gentlemen asked if I had more because he wanted to buy them but I said we had them because we are short on quarters. So I wasn't able to oblige his request.
I was reading that mintage numbers for halves this year have increased significantly over previous years. And there have been reports of 2021 rolls being gotten at banks. It would seem the Feds are ordering halves for circulation to help alleviate the quarter shortage (not really a shortage, but rather a circulation problem).
Day 4 in the books! Opened another roll of halves and NO quarters! Actually got a few comments on the halves. I mentioned we're using them because we're having trouble getting quarters. Everyone seemed pleasantly surprised....oh that is a good idea!
Last Friday I was able to purchase a bag of halves from my bank that came off their coin counter. I had been taking quarters into a local Sheetz store for the last couple of months. I mentioned I also had halves if they wanted them. They were more than happy to take and use them they said. So far they have taken $200 of the $500 bag.
I think this is a great opportunity to reintroduce halves into circulation. Maybe they'll stick this time. I heard reports of people getting rolls of 2021 halves at their banks. I am curious if there was a mintage increase?