COVID coins a new shortage


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Banks and stores in Alaska are starting to feel a coin crunch that has been brought about by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

At the Wells Fargo Bank’s Kenai branch, the sign on the door indicates that no rolls of coins will be given from the location to consumers, and the rolls will be limited to one per denomination for businesses.

And on a pharmacy store counter in Anchorage, a small notice asks customers to pay with coins if they have them “due to the national change shortage.”