Minting a platinum coin to avoid a debt-ceiling showdown "is not a serious option," said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Thursday. Some analysts outside the White House have advocated that the U.S. government take advantage of a loophole to mint a platinum coin, assign it a value of $1 trillion and deposit it with the Fed, thereby automatically boosting the debt ceiling. Earlier this month, the Huffington Post reported, based on a Freedom of Information Act request, that the Justice Department reviewed the idea sometime since President Barack Obama took office. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, criticized the Obama administration for considering an "absurd" platinum-coin plan. Lew said he agreed with McHenry's sentiment on the idea.Copyright © 2013 MarketWatch, Inc....
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