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.)

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4 Responses to My name is Well Enough. Please leave me alone.

  1. Mac Thomason says:

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

  2. mojo says:

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

    I preferred the older ones. They were even silver…

  3. Atrios says:

    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..

  4. Kenneth Schwartz says:

    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

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