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Shapley wrote:What's a 'loonie'? Is that a dollar bill with the picture of a loon on it?
Catmando wrote:How would Americans feel about a change from paper money $1 and $2 to coins? I don't know if that would go over well! Actually, does the U.S. even have a two dollar bill?
Shapley wrote:The $2 bill is still around, I received about 6 of them in change a month or so ago, but they still aren't popular.
The $1 coins still in circulaiton include the Eisenhower Dollar (Larger and heavier than other US coins, and easily recongnizable as a dollar), the Susan B. Anthony Dollar (nicknamed the Carter Quarter, because it was released during his term, it was the same size as a quarter and thus easily confused with it, and was worth about a quarter during his term of office due the lowered value of the dollar), and the Sacawajea dollar (nicknamed the Wal-Mart Dollar because that was the first place it was issued). It is slightly larger than the quarter and gold coloured to avoid confusing the two - but still isn't very popular. You can get them as change in postage stamps vending machines but that is about the only place I ever find them available.
We haven't had a new 50 cent piece in years, either. The Kennedy Half Dollar is still in circulation, but remains rather rare. Most people would rather carry two quarters than a half-dollar. Most people stick them in the coin jar when they get one in change.
They cost a lot less to mint than paper money does to print, which is why the government keeps trying to push them. They thought that the ability to use them in vending machines would be a big seller, but the vending machine operators developed machines that take bills, so that selling point was lost as well.
So far, the $1 bill is the only widely-circulated bill the government has tinkered with the design of. We have new $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills, but the Washington Dollar is pretty well the same as it has been for years.
OperaTenor wrote:Yeah, down to $3 a gallon at Costco(the cheapest gas in town). They're practically giving it away!
jamiebk wrote:OperaTenor wrote:Yeah, down to $3 a gallon at Costco(the cheapest gas in town). They're practically giving it away!
Out here in CA, gas is still out of sight. There has been some reduction of late, but we are still at the $2.80-$2.90 mark. A lot of our gas comes from Alaska...home of the, you guessed it, BP pipeline that "had" to be shutdown just as gas was dropping.
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