Why does the US Mint put dates on coins? I know they keep track of how many coins they make each year, but I can’t see any purpose once the coins go out into circulation. Who really cares that the quarter they just spent was made in 1995?
Or is it just a fun fact that we can all use as conversation starters, “You know junior, this penny was made when your daddy was dating your mother”. Or is it for mint employees to marvel over when they recall old, damaged
coins, “Hey Verne - this nickel is from 1963. It’s had a hard life, let’s retire it, and melt it down. Heh.”
Any light you could shed on this mystery would be much appreciated