Last August, the FPS Finance highlighted a paradoxical shortage. At that time, 5 and 10 cent coins were becoming rare, even though there had never been so much money in circulation. At that time, there were approximately 763 million 5-cent coins and 470 million 10-cent coins in circulation. “Sufficient to meet the needs of payment transactions which are increasingly carried out digitally,” explained Francis Adyns, spokesperson at the FPS Finances.
The weeks that have passed have obviously not solved the shortage. Indeed, as our colleagues from Le Soir point out, the Colruyt group has been hit hard. At the store checkouts, customers can therefore discover a message when paying. “Dear customer, 5 and 10 cent coins are currently rarer on the European markets. You can help us by paying electronically or by paying the right amount,” reads the word placed on the plexiglass panes.