United States Mint Director Ed Moy will testify before the House Financial Services Subcommittee tomorrow, March 11. A CoinNews article Friday discussed House bill H.R. 5512. It is that bill for which Mr. Moy will testify.
H.R. 5512, named the ‘Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008‘, seeks to change the composition of metals in coins in order to maintain or bring back their profitability – the penny and nickel, for example, cost more to produce than what they are worth. The penny costs approximately 1.7 cents to make and the nickel about 10 cents.
In regards to the hearing, U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierres commented:
"This hearing provides the subcommittee an opportunity to closely examine measures that could save taxpayers well over $100 million annually by restoring a proportionate economic relationship between each coin’s metal worth and its face value. "
Mr. Moy is scheduled to testify at 2:30 p.m. ET at 2128 Rayburn House Office Building.