Bonus Trivia for a Sunday

Why do (US coins) dimes, quarters and half-dollars have notched edges, while pennies and nickels do not?

The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half-dollars are notched because they used to contain silver (through 1964). Pennies and nickels aren’t notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.


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