Often, if I’m feeling a bit tired at work, I will buy a caffeinated soft drink to keep me alert. However, on Thursday last week, I found that I only had a $5 bill. Fortunately, one of School Specialty’s soda machines accepts $5 bills. When I made my selection, I expected to hear a mass of quarters fall into the change return. To my surprise, there were only a few plunks. Instead of giving me the 15 quarters, 1 nickel, and 1 dime expected (a soda is $1.10), it returned 3 dollar coins, 3 quarters, a nickel, and a dime. To further my surprise, the coins were not Sacagewea dollars, but rather coins from the Presidential series that started this year, two of Washington and one of Adams:
I have to say, I’m a fan. It’ll be neat having coins with all the dead presidents represented and I think one of the coolest part is the placing of text on the rim of the coin:
As and atheist, I’m not particularly pleased that we have “IN GOD WE TRUST” on all of this nation’s currency, but I think that the placement on the edge of the coin looks cool. In case you were wondering, the complete text on the rim is:
E PLURIBUS UNUM · IN GOD WE TRUST · 2007 D
Of course, the US Mint was not the first to do this. I have three €2 coins that was minted in Greece, the Netherlands, and Ireland and they each have their own inscriptions that are unique to the country. However, they are harder to read because the €2 coins have a ridged edge.
I hope that with this new series of dollar coins, Americans will take enough interest to start using the coins instead of the bills. I know I will try to use the coins as much as possible instead of bills in the future.