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You sue us, we'll show you.

Okay, so I think we all know what I think about the issue of
accessible money
Just because I've been quiet for a while doesn't mean I'm not concerned about the issue. A few weeks ago, I heard that the treasury was releasing a new dollar coin. I also had heard that it was expected to be hard to identify by touch. Being the stubborn person that I am, I asked Dad to pick up the dollar coin some time and give it to me so I could see if it was really going to pose a challenge. I kind of forgot about it, to be honest, because I've been dealing with school and not feeling well.

Today, dad handed me two coins. I had no idea what they were. I asked if they were the same coin. They weren't. One was the new dollar, and one was a quarter.

If I compare the two, I can probably tell them apart, but honestly, I have to llook hard. Because there is writing around the outer edge of the dollar, it's easy to confuse it with the quarter. The quarter is smaller, but like I said, I have to compare them by holding them up to each other.

I'm not the only one.
Seems others had difficulty as well.

I was feeling sarcastic (who me?), and made the comment to dad that I kind of wonder if this is a case of "you sue us, we'll showu". Not knowing much about the lifecycle of money, I don't know how long this has been in the making, but I do know that the lawsuit has been going on for a few years. Why would the Treasury release something like this? Personally, an effort to make sure this was easy to identify by touch would have said a lot, and showed an attempt at change. I will never understand politics though...

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puppybraille
Mar. 4th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
I tend to have a morbid fascination with some political issues. I get wrapped up in them very easily.
kl1964
Mar. 4th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I haven't seen one of these yet, but I've heard that they were patterned more or less after the Susan B. Anthony dollar. I remember those beauties extremely well, and they were all but indistinguishable from a quarter. In fact, I put one in a vending machine back in high school and it registered it as a quarter. But I guess I'll need to take a look at one of these before passing judgment.
puppybraille
Mar. 4th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
I'd definitely suggest you take a look at the new dollars, if only so you'll have a better chance of recognizing them when you feel one. Most banks should have some you can get.
mr_vangunst
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
dollar coin
Personally, I think they should have given it to another president, or back to susan b. anthony. I liked that one. Maybe they could turn it into a ten or twelve-sided coin to make it easier to identify.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: dollar coin
Just looked it up. The dollar coins are a more commemorative thing. Kind of like the state quarters. Four presidents every year. Just google "new dollar coin" I don't think the lettering on the sides was meant to make it easier to identify for the blind. if anything it will wear off during mass circulation, just like quarter edges.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: new dollar coin.
I didn't have any trouble with the new coin; in fact, the difference was obvious (in size and slight feel) when I first saw the coin.
I must say that I partly contribute this to the fact that I often take quarters with me for the school's drink machine. So, I guess that's how I knew that the coin wasn't a quarter.
But, I noticed that quarters are more smooth on one side and are smaller in comparison to the new dollar.

C.
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