I didn’t realize there were $1 coins in circulation in the U.S., which look like the Canadian loonie. It’s not unusual for U.S. coins to slip into the currency in Canada, and we just use them at face value. But this week I was handed my first U.S. $1 coin, which I spent a few days later at a nearby Subway. I should have insisted on it really being worth $1.38.

{7} Thoughts on “Duh!

  1. The Susan B. Anthony (early American feminist) was a failure and hasn’t been made in years. Many folks down here found them too easily confused with the US twenty-five cents coin.

    Some folks down here are easily confused.

  2. I believe the coin I had was minted in 2000. Like the Canadian loonie, it was bigger than a quarter and golden, not silver. Was that a Susan B. Anthony or something else (which may or may not have worked)?

  3. I remember when this made the news but had forgotten all about it: “Sacajawea was the only woman and only Indian on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 — and has become probably the most famous member of the party besides Lewis and Clark. In fact, there are more U.S. statues dedicated to Sacajawea than to any other woman, Pillow noted.”

    I don’t remember anybody handing me one (I own a used bookshop). Dollar coins are a nusiance down here. Vending machines don’t take them and cash register draws don’t have a slot for them.

  4. Ah, resistence to change! :->} I’m trying to remember when the dollar coin replaced the bill here, but I think it was in the late eighties. People complained about it for the same reason, but then, when its advent became inevitable, vending machines and register draws were adapted. Here, unlike the U.S., we also used the $2 bill a lot; it, too, is now only a coin and everything’s been adapted to accept it. A while back I heard of plans to “coin” the $5 bill, which I would really hate. But I think those plans were trashed and, instead, the $5 and $10 bills have been redesigned in the last year or two. There’s been talk for years to do away with the penny, but that has met with a lot of resistence, strangely enough…

  5. When the Sacajawea came out a few years ago, you could find them at Walmart and the US Post Office. For whatever reason, Walmart bought a whole bunch of them and used them instead of bills to make change – but only if you requested. I think Walmart thought people would flock to their stores and buy stuff so they could get their hands on the new coins.

    The US Postal Service has vending machines in most post offices that sell stamps. These machines give back dollar coins as change if, for example, you put in a 20 dollar bill for a 7 dollar book of stamps. Better to get 13 dollar coins than 42 quarters and a lot easier than rigging a machine to give back bills as change. The machines used to give out Anthonies. But, when the new coin came out, they switched. I haven’t used one of those machines in a year or two, so I don’t know what they’re giving at this time.

    I like the dollar coin. I’m not sure I’m ready to get rid of the bill entirely. But, bills rip and wear out a lot faster than coins. And coins are easier to use for vending machines, parking meters, etc.

  6. In New Jersey, the NJ Transit ticket vending machines give out dollar coins as change in the same way that kevin descirbes the US Postal machines doing. It’s pretty common in NJ for Susan B.’s to float around.

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