Thursday, February 15, 2007

At Least the Taft Coin Should Be Bigger

Ok, I really love the idea of a dollar coin. Heck, I'd even be for a two dollar coin, but I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the way that the new dollars are being produced.

They're the exact same size, weight and shape of the Sacajawea dollars for a few years back. Wasn't the main problem with the blasted things that they felt too close to a quarter? So won't the new coins have the same trouble? Yes, yes, I know it'll make using old mechanisms in vending machines a little easier, but I don't see that as a viable reason if the thing dies out ina couple years anyway.

Why not change it up a little bit? ridges? larger size? thicker? The one pound note has a wonderful heft to it. Heck even the old half dollar coin felt very different. Where did those go, anyway?

Also, I think probably the only way they'd really catch on is if dollar bills were drastically reduced (or taken out of) circulation.

I still hope they work out ok, but yeesh.

(by the way - if you even become a comedian, Taft jokes always kill.)


zerodoll said...

the only way it'll work is if the $2 is widely introduced, kinda defeating the whole purpose.

zerodoll said...

oops, i meant the $2 BILL!

jayfish said...

first off, you're right. nobody will use a coin that's the same as the one they've been trying to get us to use since the 70's. i do like that it's gold, that it's got writing on the edge instead of ridges, and that the design changes enough to make it interesting but why can't they make it wildly different? the bi-metal coins are fun, the ones with holes are neat, like you said, the really heavy ones are cool since they're small yet hefty.

and they're not planning to reduce the paper bill circulation so why should anyone even use them? they'll just get sucked up by collectors then left to collect dust.

and don't get me started on the crappy images on the coins themselves. bah i say!