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George Washington Dollars – Which one?

Since mid-February we have had the opportunity to use our third incarnation of a circulating small size dollar coin since 1978.

The three standard problems with the Susan B. Anthony were the similar color and reeding to the quarter, and the continued distribution of the paper dollar. The 1999 Sacagewa fixed the color and reeding part with its golden tone and smooth edge, but the distribution of the paper dollar continued. Now we will be faced with issues of four presidents a year, plus a continued minting of the Sacagewa for the next twelve years. But wait, why are there no dollar coins in our pocket, because we are still using the familiar paper money.

So, what will make the success of the dollar coin a reality is the withdrawal of the paper dollar, the re-introduction of the $2.00 bill as the low denomination workhorse of America’s currency system, and extended use of the five dollar bill.

No, you are not going to be carrying around ten “heavy” one dollar coins, you’ll be carrying around just one or two, and having a stock of $2 and $5s paper in your wallet.

Get used to it.

George Cuhaj
Currency Notes

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3 Responses to George Washington Dollars – Which one?

  1. Right now, I am in Viet Nam, and visited Singapore and Bangkok before arriving here. When in Asia, it is good to bring a small gift for the people you are visiting. So I acquired a roll of the new Washington $1 coins and brought them with me. A couple of years ago, I did the same with the Sac $1 coins. For some reason, the Sac $1 created much more excitement than the Washington $1 coins. Maybe I should bring some $2 notes to see what the response is for them.

  2. Joseph E Boling says:

    When I went to Japan in 1983 I took uncut sheets of $2 bills (four-note sheets) in the BEP folders for same. They were a HUGE hit with the folks I gave them to.

    As an aside, I bought my $2 sheets at the ANA convention in San Diego. The Bureau had run out of four-note sheets, but had empty four-note folders. So I bought a 32-subject sheet and got eight folders to go with it. Not having a huge paper cutter, and not wanting to separate the four-note sheetlets with scissors, I went to the Stars and Stripes print plant in Hardy Barracks, Tokyo, and asked them to guillotine the sheet on one of their large cutters. At first they thought I was wanting them to reproduce the sheet – they would have none of that. Then they didn’t realy believe that the sheet was genuine. They finally got the message, and they separated the sheet into eight four-note sheetlets for me. It was an intersting afternoon.

  3. I have come accross a 1995 series dollar bill, that looks normal on the face, but the backside is is seriousely off-centered. Is there a market for these missprints, and if so, what kind of price range is there on them? the bill is still nice and crisp, with no wrinkles.

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