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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 25, June 18, 2006, Article 22

JAR LIDS TO COINS: MANUFACTURING CENT PLANCHETS IN EASTERN TENNESSEE

The Appalachian Journal published a nice article on June 13
about the manufacture of cent planchets in Eastern Tennessee:

"Jarden Zinc Products has produced in the neighborhood of 4 billion
(yes, that is a B) copper-plated penny blanks this year, which the
U.S. Mint then casts into pennies."

"Since 1982, every penny in your pocket, gathered in jars, chest
of drawers, on the floor of your car, beneath the couch cushions,
has been produced by Jarden.

Jarden is a division of the Rye, N.Y.-based Jarden Corp. Originally,
Jarden was the Ball Zinc Products Co., which arrived in Greene County
in 1968. The 350,000-square-foot plant opened in 1970.

About 24 years ago, Jarden morphed from producing Ball jar lids to
the penny blank when Congress decided that manufacturing a penny
that was 97 percent copper was too expensive. That year, Congress
switched the penny from copper to zinc."

"Jarden is North America's largest zinc user."

"Jarden makes coin blanks for 20 diverse nations, reaching from
New Guinea to Malawi, from Lebanon to the Fiji Islands. And our
north-of-the-border friends, Canada.

Published reports say Jarden just signed a multi-million-dollar
contract with Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint to turn out
nickel-plated blank coins for that nation to transform into its
own denominations and jingle."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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