May 25, 2008
As a serious collector of U.S. coins for many years, I was very happy to see the dollar coin story ("Is this any way to make a mint?," Consumer Confidential, May 18). There are too many flimflam artists feeding off the public's greed and misinformation by making great promises about fabulous value increase potential and . . . wait, was I talking about coins or the home mortgage business? Rod Heathcote Ridgecrest -- I have been a coin collector since FDR was president and a part-time coin dealer for more than 50 years.
December 17, 2006 |
Not to be outdone by their husbands, the nation's first ladies will get their chance to shine on U.S. coins. Starting next year, Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and the rest will appear on a new series of gold coins. It will be the first time the U.S. Mint has produced a series featuring women. A new presidential series will be on $1 circulating coins, and the wives will be on half-ounce gold coins likely to sell for more than $300 apiece.
January 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Snoopy is getting out of the banking business. Insurance giant MetLife Inc., which uses Peanuts characters as its corporate mascots, on Monday closed a deal to sell its banking assets. GE Capital Retail Bank, a subsidiary of General Electric Co., acquired MetLife Bank's $6.4 billion in deposits and its online banking operation, the companies announced. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The move came after MetLife Bank's federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, approved the transaction last month.
December 6, 2012 |
Would you be less likely to spend a dollar if it were a coin instead of a bill? The Government Accountability Office is counting on it. According to a November report on the benefits of permanently replacing the $1 bill with a $1 coin, the GAO estimated the government could save up to $4.4 billion over 30 years because of consumers' habit of reaching for their wallets instead of into their pockets. “What we found is that people use coins differently,” said Lorelei St. James of the GAO. “You're more likely to have dollar coins and hold those … those are going to go into your coin jar. With dollar bills you typically don't do that.” It costs about 5 1/2 cents to make a $1 bill and about 18 cents to produce a $1 coin, according to the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Mint . So where are the savings?
March 15, 2000 |
Having to sell the American public on the concept of money is downright hilarious and so is the television commercial for the new Golden Dollar coin. The spot features a studly modern-day George Washington (an animated coin face on a real actor's body) going about his daily business buying cappuccino, using a vending machine, driving through a toll booth and paying for all the transactions with a new dollar coin (enlarged to saucer size for the TV audience).
November 28, 2006
Re "Making change," editorial, Nov. 25 I suppose the demise of the dollar bill is inevitable. But before the U.S. Mint starts cranking up the coin machine, I have one favor to ask. Having traveled across Europe last summer, I found myself forever listing to my right as I scrutinized each Euro coin in my right pocket to determine its value before parting with it. So please design the new dollar coin light in weight (aluminum or titanium come to...
May 23, 1995 |
American voters demanded real change in last November's elections--but is this what they had in mind? Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have introduced legislation to phase out the dollar bill and replace it with a new $1 coin. The switch would save a whopping sum of money, supporters say. While coins cost more to make per unit than paper currency, they last years longer, which means the Bureau of Printing and Engraving will have to spend less replacing worn currency.
August 17, 2012 |
They managed to avoid the notice of nosy humans beings for thousands of years, mostly by clinging to the roofs of dark caves and keeping their six, tiny eyes peeled for trouble. But the secret existence of these eight-legged West Coasters has come to an end. On Friday, scientists announced the discovery of a heretofore unknown family of spider that some have playfully compared to Bigfoot, the privacy-loving man-beast of legend. In the journal Zookeys , California Academy of Sciences arachnologist Charles E. Griswold and colleagues described their discovery of trogloraptor, or “cave robber,” a spider that is partial to caves and redwood debris in coastal forests from California to British Columbia.