Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Next up, John Adams Dollars

I went to the post office today to buy a book of 24 cent stamps (they're needed for that 2 ounce of postage). For years, I have been buying stamps from the vending machine in the lobby and I have been getting 1999 SBA (i.e. Susan B. Anthony) and 2000 Sacagawea dollars in change.

In 2001, I got 1999 and 2000 dollars in change.
In 2002, I got 1999 and 2000 dollars in change.
In 2003, I got 1999 and 2000 dollars in change.
In 2004, I got 1999 and 2000 dollars in change.
In 2005, I got 1999 and 2000 dollars in change.
In 2006, I got 1999 and 2000 dollars in change.

Today, I got one 2000 dollar and six Washington dollars in change. Not that I'm complaining, but I'd like to know where all the 1999 SBA and 2000 Sacagawea dollars went? It will also be interesting to see after May if the John Adams dollars show up next.

Or will the future look something more like this:

In 2008, I will get 2007 Washington dollars in change.
In 2009, I will get 2007 Washington dollars in change.
In 2010, I will get 2007 Washington dollars in change.

Actually, I don't think I will be able to get dollar coins from USPS machines in the future. I few months ago, the USPS announced that they were going to remove the machines that accept and dispense the dollars from all the Post Offices around the country. Apparently it is costing them too much money to maintain and repair the machines. Just one more blow to the U.S. Mint's hope that the dollar coins will catch on and circulate alongside the dollar bill.

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