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December 23, 2011 |
You can probably hear it when I walk down the hallway: the sound of gold dollar coins jingling in my pocket. I use them everywhere: the dry cleaner, the store, my favorite diner. No, they are not a heavy burden, I tell skeptics. When brand-new, they're like shimmering drops of sunshine. It's practical. During a dark time in my life, I used my credit card for almost every purchase. But at the end of each month, I was confronted by bills that pained me. What was that $4.06 purchase from a vendor called "San Francisco"?
October 18, 2011
The good times roll Re "Nightclubs having a whale of a time," Oct. 15 My soon-to-be-former bank grudgingly shells out less than 1% interest on my savings account but would gleefully charge me 15% if I couldn't pay the full balance on my credit card. Meanwhile, banker and serial partyer An Pham Jr. throws away thousands of dollars in a single evening entertaining some kick boxer so he won't have to stand in line to buy a drink. And people are questioning the motivation behind the Occupy Wall Street movement?
October 14, 2011
A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin's life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. That's why several members of Congress are suggesting phasing out the dollar bill entirely and replacing it with a coin. The production savings could add up to $5.5 billion over those three decades, proponents say. Coins are bulkier, but at least vending machines wouldn't spit them back out at us for having untidy corners or a crease here or there.
December 27, 2007 |
Coming soon on new presidential dollar coins: Old Hickory, Old Kinderhook, Old Man Eloquent and the Last of the Cocked Hats. The U.S. Mint, the maker of the nation's coins, today is unveiling the stately images of the next four presidents whose faces will appear on the front of the shiny gold-colored dollar coins next year.
December 27, 2007 |
Coming soon on new presidential dollar coins -- Old Hickory, Old Kinderhook, Old Man Eloquent and the Last of the Cocked Hats. The U.S. Mint, maker of the nation's coins, today will unveil the stately images of the next four presidents whose faces will appear on the front of the shiny gold-colored dollar coins next year.
March 14, 2007 |
Mary and Ray Smith can't make heads or tails of a new presidential dollar coin they found. It doesn't have either. A week after the revelation that some coins slipped out of the U.S. Mint without "In God We Trust" stamped on the edge, the Smiths said in Fort Collins that they found one with nothing stamped on either side. It does have "In God We Trust" on the edge. What's missing is the image of George Washington on the front and the Statue of Liberty on the back.