Canada: Nice Piece of Change

The Royal Canadian Mint had never seen anything like this. On Jan. 2, post-office trucks rolled up to Ottawa's turreted mint building with 125 bags containing nearly 2,000,000 pleading letters. Within a week the mail reached 6,000,000 letters. And who was doing most of the writing? U.S. coin collectors.

An acute coin shortage at home has forced the U.S. Treasury to stop minting "proof sets" of U.S. coins.* To discourage collecting, the U.S. has even decided to emboss all coins minted in the first half of 1965 with last year's date. So U.S....