I think this is The Law Of Unintended Consequences. Most people use pocket change for small purchases. Think about all the places that got closed down, and then think about all of the vending machines at all of those office breakrooms, all those bowling alleys and so on. People aren't buying stuff on a whim, and all those coins are staying in pants pockets and purses. If you get some change at a store it goes in your pocket. And that's just the vending machines. So yes, lots of coins have been taken out of circulation as a side effect of the shutdowns. That doesn't mean that someone isn't thinking about how to take advantage of the situation. Just that it wasn't planned in advance.