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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 53, December 30, 2007, Article 17

LETTER WRITER CALLS FOR U.S. MINT TO HALT DOLLAR COIN PROGRAM

Dick Johnson writes: "In a New Year's message to the officers
of the U.S. Mint, a Jacksonville Florida man wrote in his
local newspaper the following:

This is a New Year's resolution for the officials of the
U.S. Mint:

We resolve that we will no longer waste the taxpayers'
money and the U.S. Mint's resources by issuing commemorative
$1 coins.

We will realize that, like soccer and the metric system,
dollar coins will never truly catch on in America.

We agree to agree on their utter impracticality, as vending
machines don't accept them, retailers and banks loathe them,
and even fanatic coin collectors know they will always be
worth no more than their face value.

We will come to the resolution that most of these dollar
coins just end up as hokey Christmas gifts, forgotten in
the bottoms of sock drawers and children's penny jars.

Eventually, they are sold by the roll in full-page ads on
the back of the Sunday comics.

We will patriotically acknowledge that historic figures
such as Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea and the early presidents
do deserve all the recognition grateful Americans can give
them. But now we officially resolve that putting their
faces on useless $1 coins is not the way to manifest that
recognition.

The complete article in the Jacksonville Times-Union:
Complete Article "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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