Almost defying logic, it costs nearly two cents to make a penny and almost a dime to make a nickel.
"That needs to change," said Michael White, a spokesman for the U.S. Mint, which until April 4 is seeking public comment on factors that it should consider when trying to find alternative metals that can be used to make coins.
Until last year, Congress had to approve changes in coin composition. A new law gives the Mint the authority to . . .