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Coin circulation is the latest distraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mahoning Valley consumers may have noticed signs at various retail outlets referring to a coin shortage. According to the U.S. Coin Task Force, the solution may involve breaking a few piggybanks.

The task force noted in July about $48 billion in coins were already in circulation — most of which are sitting dormant inside America’s 128 million households.

The U.S. Mint said the impact of COVID-19 has caused a disruption of supply channels of circulating coinage, and mint officials are asking for consumers’ help.

In normal circumstances, retail transactions and coin recyclers return a significant amount of coins to circulation on a daily basis, said Michael

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