September 16, 2002
My name is Well Enough. Please leave me alone.

Yet another story about how yet another alternative to the good ol' dollar bill - the gold Sacagawea coin - is a big flop. Counting the Susan B. Anthony coin and the two-dollar bill, that's three failed attempts to convince people that the buck should head off into the sunset. With any luck, it'll be the last one.

I understand all the reasons why coins are preferred: They last longer and they save the Treasury money. The public doesn't care. I say the only way to get people to give up the greenback is to actually stop printing $1 bills. I'll only choose the coins if I have no choice. It's simple - given the option, I prefer paper in my wallet to metal in my pocket. I don't like carrying dollar coins and you can't make me.

(OK, my inner numismatist still digs the old Eisenhower dollar coins for their sheer size. I'd love to find a Bicentennial dollar coin to join the 1976 quarters and half-dollars that I have hoarded away. But that's the only exception I'll make.)

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 16, 2002 to National news

I may have a bicentennial dollar around somewhere. I'll check.

Posted by: Mac Thomason on September 17, 2002 10:12 AM

Whoa, dude! The Eisenhower dollar is like butt-ugly!

I preferred the older ones. They were even silver...

Posted by: mojo on September 17, 2002 2:30 PM

I actually like the coins, but people give you weird looks when you try and use them (I get a lot from train ticket machines). I've actually met people who thought they were Post Office "tokens", however..

Posted by: Atrios on September 17, 2002 9:28 PM

I'd like to hear from you. I have been collecting bicentennial quarters ever since they were minted, and I currently have close to forty thousand dollars' worth of them. I'm always looking for more and, for enough of them, would offer what I think is a worthwhile profit.

I have bicentennial dollar coins and would be glad to send a few if that is what you want. I sure am interested in those quarters!

How many have you got, and would you be willing to do business? Let me hear from you.

Kenneth Schwartz

Posted by: Kenneth Schwartz on December 25, 2002 3:35 PM