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Today I spent 6 presidential dollar coins for gasoline. The woman behind the counter gave a smile and a look of interest when she noticed that I was pulling the coins out from my pocket. So I started thinking, after almost of a year of spending these I have never really gotten any odd reactions from people as many anti-$1 coin articles would make you believe I should be getting. I got a couple of looks of curiousness mixed with astonishment at Christmas time, but that was it. People either seemed pleased to get them or have no reaction at all. (Maybe it's because I don't spend a lot of them and I usually spend them in the same types of places :ninja: )

 

So when you spend your US $1 coins let us know and share with us what kind of place(s) you used them at and if you have gotten any sort of noticeable reaction from the person or people. I am a little curious as to how many people use them on this board and if people have the same fun as I do when spending them or if they're actually more of a hassle???

 

(If anyone wants to piggyback recent $.50 stories feel free to as well as I may pick up a roll from my bank soon for spending ;))

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I spend $1 coins and half dollars as well. I've never gotten anything but positive responses. I don't overdue it though. If something is say $6.75, I might pay with a $5.00 bill, a dollar coin, a half dollar and a quarter. It starts a number of conversations about folks collecting them and saving them for their kids and such.

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Of the few rolls I had of Pres coins there were only a couple that were good enough for the album.

The remainder I used to buy my hubby a crankup emergency radio.

The young lady who helped me wasn't sure she should take the coins but the store owner intevened and sort of smiled at me... like the 'whatcha doin this time?' look.

 

It does seem odd that I never get the $1 coins back in change. Nor do I get the 50 cent coins.

Hmmm... wonder who in this little town is hoarding all of those.

There isn't a bank in our milkstop town where you can get new rolls of any coins, except the Pres dollars, and that was just one time.

 

Little towns, gotta love them... so peaceful... so far from anything. :ninja:

 

Corky

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$6 bucks = about 2 litres over here.

I paid £1.14 a litre the other day which = £ 5.25 approx a gallon or $10.50 so stop complaining and sort out your green footprint.

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I assume that dollar coins are a rather rare sight in the USA then?

 

In the UK we have the opposite situation. One pound notes where withdrawn in 1983 and replaced with coins. Only the Royal Bank of Scotland now issue them. It is rare to see them in circulation. I spent four in England last week and the girl didn't even bat an eyelid. Then again this was just across the border. Manchester I'd guess would get you funny looks and London would probably flat out refuse them, the people there don't get out much. :ninja:;)

 

I do have a number of five pound coins to spend though, I guarantee I'll have a hard job getting rid of those ;)

 

EDIT: £1.14 a litre!? Tell me that was diesel!

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I assume that dollar coins are a rather rare sight in the USA then?

Yes, they are. Nobody really uses them. Our post office gives them back in change, at least their vending machines do. A new law passed that is forcing many vending machines to be able to accept them and dispense them as change. So maybe this will increase their usage.

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Yes, they are. Nobody really uses them. Our post office gives them back in change, at least their vending machines do. A new law passed that is forcing many vending machines to be able to accept them and dispense them as change. So maybe this will increase their usage.

 

 

The curious part of that legislation is that the post office recently announced that they will no longer be dispensing the dollar coins as change. Perhaps it is that when people like me got them, I saved them for my next trip to the window at the Post office and blew them along with my $2 bills to the grumbles of the postal clerks. Today I have to send out several pieces of registered etc mail, and will blow my stash of $2's.

 

Back in 1979 when they released the Agony dollars, the Post Orifice was the main outlet for the distribution of the coins as change, and not popularly so.

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I haven't used them yet but maybe I should, I would love to get a grand response! lol. I live in a small town, They might have to get on the internet to make sure they're real coins, lol. :ninja:

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I haven't used them yet but maybe I should, I would love to get a grand response! lol. I live in a small town, They might have to get on the internet to make sure they're real coins, lol. :ninja:

 

 

Or worse yet, they could call the police to determine if you are trying to pass off some counterfeits.

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Well, I just tried to spend a five pound coin.

 

The shop was busy and had just been victim to a shoplifter. When I asked if they would take it the woman said "I've never really seen one of those" and given the situation I didn't push it :ninja:

 

I think I'll have a better chance in Edinburgh. Especially in a fast food place staffed by eastern European students. ;)

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Well, I just tried to spend a five pound coin.

 

The shop was busy and had just been victim to a shoplifter. When I asked if they would take it the woman said "I've never really seen one of those" and given the situation I didn't push it :ninja:

 

I think I'll have a better chance in Edinburgh. Especially in a fast food place staffed by eastern European students. ;)

 

 

Gotta give it to the BRM for making the £5 coin, used to be a 25p crown. Now its value increased 20 fold and it is less likely to be spent and thus results in a seignorage profit for the BRM.

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My wife has a box with 50 or 60 dollars in it. Our daughter gets them in tips and feels funny about spending them. I took SBAs to a Bay Area coins show last January to pay my admission fee ($5). I got a strange look, some hesitation, some fidgeting as the guy tried to figure out where to put them in the cash box, but he finally accepted them. I found that amusing since it was a coin show. Next, I'll have to dip into my wife's stash, but I think she knows just how many are in there!

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I love to spend the dollar coins, and I so prefer them to the dollar bills. Just try stuffing a worn out bill into the soda machine, as opposed to dropping a single coin into it! Much satisfaction there.

 

I don't remember where I was spending the coins, but I do remember one cashier nearly snatching the coins out of my hands, and inspecting them closely. Her only comment was "Are these Real?" I have no idea if she thought they were really gold, or if I was just trying to pass some bad counterfeit money... but it was an interesting reaction.

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I never saw a dollar coin Sacagawea in my life but I can tell you here in europe it is different the smallest folding money is 5 euro so you need 1 euro coins for nearly everything from getting a shopping mall cart to paying the parking meter

The reverse is true

Virtually nobody accepts a 500 euro bill and nearly nobody accepts a 200 euro bill

You might try 100 euro and be lucky but since the bank dispensers only spew out 50 bills and make up the difference only in 20 bills it is a struggle to keep changing 50 euro bills every day

We don't have many people accepting direct moneytransfer below 20 euro ( bankcard with chip and code)

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In England the ignorant cashiers are very annoying, they don't tend to accept £5 coins, Scottish banknotes and even query the £2 coins with different designs on. So frustrating!

 

I keep the best commemorative issues of British coins for myself! :ninja:

 

Clive.

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The curious part of that legislation is that the post office recently announced that they will no longer be dispensing the dollar coins as change.

If it wasn't for the post office we wouldn't even had the $1 coins in existence for all these years. Do you have a link to this that I can read about? I know there are plans to do away with the stamp vending machines which would greatly reduce the amount of $1 coins needed.

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I haven't used them yet but maybe I should, I would love to get a grand response! lol. I live in a small town, They might have to get on the internet to make sure they're real coins, lol. :ninja:

You should totally jump on the bandwagon!

 

Seriously, though you might make someone's day with these.

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I will never, ever attept to spend one of those dumb things again. For some time I tried to distribute them but now I give up. At a restaurant I left several at the table for a tip. SEVERAL. The waitress said loudly as I walked away from the table, "Sir, you left a bunch of your kids play money on the table". We have commuter trains. I tried to use one there but the conductor said "Hey, see this coin changer? Do you see any slots for those stupid things?" At a Walmart a cashier said "Now what the @%#$#% and I supposed to do with those?" Called her head cashier who said don't you have any real money? I know those are real sir but we just are not set up for them yet. How about using them in about 10 years."

One friend of mine also attempted to carry a lot of them. Wore a hole in his pocket so that ended that with him.

No, I think I'll pass on the usage of those dumb things.

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I read today that switching to dollar coins would save the US $500 million a year. That's ten million dollars every year your state could be spending on other things. I would be firmly supporting the dollar coin.

 

I actually think its a pretty nice coin. Lighter than the pound coin, and arguably less bulky.

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I will never, ever attept to spend one of those dumb things again. For some time I tried to distribute them but now I give up. At a restaurant I left several at the table for a tip. SEVERAL. The waitress said loudly as I walked away from the table, "Sir, you left a bunch of your kids play money on the table". We have commuter trains. I tried to use one there but the conductor said "Hey, see this coin changer? Do you see any slots for those stupid things?" At a Walmart a cashier said "Now what the @%#$#% and I supposed to do with those?" Called her head cashier who said don't you have any real money? I know those are real sir but we just are not set up for them yet. How about using them in about 10 years."

One friend of mine also attempted to carry a lot of them. Wore a hole in his pocket so that ended that with him.

No, I think I'll pass on the usage of those dumb things.

:ninja: WOW! I have never heard anything like that before. What part of the country are you in that nobody wanted to take them?

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Yeah, the funniest thing is that the government thinks the problem is that people don't like to use them, it looks like the real problem is store owners either don't know they exist or don't have a spot in the cash drawer for them. lol!

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I read today that switching to dollar coins would save the US $500 million a year. That's ten million dollars every year your state could be spending on other things. I would be firmly supporting the dollar coin.

 

I actually think its a pretty nice coin. Lighter than the pound coin, and arguably less bulky.

 

Meh, I'm not too worried about saving the government money, we have to be realistic here, it'll never get back into our pockets. If you're interested in what I'm saying you should do some reasearch on the United States paying farmers NOT to farm. That's right, there are farmers that are paid to not grow crops with our tax money, so they can keep the price of the product higher. Anywho, I don't want to get into political debate; you're completely correct, this would save our government loads of money. Paper money has such a short lifespan. And as much as people may not like them, it makes more sense for people to have them, they're worth more than paper money because of the copper content. Paper is worth, well... what we believe it's worth... lol, no real world value.

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Meh, I'm not too worried about saving the government money, we have to be realistic here, it'll never get back into our pockets. If you're interested in what I'm saying you should do some reasearch on the United States paying farmers NOT to farm. That's right, there are farmers that are paid to not grow crops with our tax money, so they can keep the price of the product higher.

 

 

Which is why so bleeping many of the foods we all consume now are sourced in Mexico and China.

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