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From: John(HI) (
Subject:         $1 Coins
Date: November 27, 2005 at 5:12 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: $2 Bill posted by Keith on November 26, 2005 at 10:06 am:

Interesting how both our countries have managed to stumble over the handling of $1 coins.
If you followed the saga of the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin in the U.S., you know of what I speak.
The lead-up to the Suzy B had us believing that it was going to be an octagonal shape, a bit larger than a quarter. When it hit the streets, the octagonality (if that's a word) was superimposed (etched) on a round coin, so close to the size of a quarter that without the shape to differentiate it, it was routinely mistaken for a quarter. The senior citizens of the U.S. (who had the most difficulty in distinguishing between the Suzy B and the quarter) revolted and refused to use them. The U.S. quit minting them shortly thereafter and we now have the Sacajawea (sp?) dollar coin, which is a bit larger and a gilded color. Seldom see them in circulation, though.

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