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The One Dollar Bill Might Be Eliminated

Updated on March 27, 2011

In order to save the country some money, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently issued a formal proposal to the Treasury and Federal Reserve announcing that the $1 bill will be replaced with the $1 coin. If this actually happens, the country could save about $5.5 billion over the next 30 years or $522 million each year.

How could the $1 coin save the country money?
The $1 bill has a shorter lifespan because it wears out faster. Therefore, the government has to spend more money to print the $1 bill.

These are some of the things that will happen if the $1 bill is phased out.
Even though the $1 coin will be worth the same as the old $1 bill, psychologically people will believe that it isn't. Therefore, McDonald's might eliminate its Dollar Menu and take it to the lowest bill denomination in circulation which will be $5.

People will forget who George Washington was because they will not see almost every time they open their wallet.

Eliminating the $1 bill will be good for churches. Parishioners will be forced to give the lowest bill in their wallet. So, the church will get 4 extra dollars in the offering plate.

If you give a small child a $1 for his birthday, he will think you have cheated him; therefore, you will feel so guilty that you will give him a $5 bill instead.

These examples show it might save the country money, but it certainly won't save the individuals money.

Strippers will complain that they have no place to put the $1 coin.

Vending machines all over the country will have to be re-designed to accept the $1 coin instead of the $1 bill that it is already accepting.

What about the weight in your pocket or purse? A $1 coin is indeed much heavier than a $ bill.

Can you see people at the check-out counter fumbling in their purses or pockets for 25 or more of these coins?

While there might be some disadvantages to having a $1 coin over a $1 bill, there are some advantages.

A big advantage to the $1 coin is that it will help your "loose change" grow faster.

The $1 coin will certainly add weight to purses and pockets. Besides a $1 coin will probably look and feel  too much like a quarter. Remember we have tried the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the silver dollar and the large Eisenhower dollar. They all failed.

What impact would a $1 coin have on the Dollar Store, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree? Would these store still sell items for the lowest denomination. If so, expect their names to change. As advertisers and shoppers know, it really is not the money or the value of the money that provokes people to purchase items. It has a lot to do with the psychological aspect. It is what people think. And if people were given a choice, they would choose the $1 bill over the $1 coin.

Don't worry about this proposal because it has been proposed before. This is the fourth time during the last twenty years. And if it does happen, it will take a four-year transition period to eliminate all the $1 bills. So, there is no need to hoard your $1 bills.

Everyone has gotten comfortable with the $1 bill. I believe it is here to stay!

Would you prefer $1 bill or a $1 coin?

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, yes, if it would save the country money, I think I would be willing to make the sacrifice, but the coins will be much heavier than the $1 bill which I now prefer.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      I don't know. I can see the advantage of switching, but my purse is already heavy enough with the smaller coins. All I need is to change my $1 bills into $1 coins. Oh well, maybe I would add a little strength from carrying around all that weight. Not a bad thing!

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Marcella, yes the savings would be worth it.

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      Marcella Glenn 6 years ago from PA

      I'm all for this idea of replacing the one dollar bill, the savings in 2 years is well worth getting use to it.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Yes you are right both were in place. I believe they stopped minting the dollar coin because it was so big, also because it wore holes in mens pockets and also weighed their pants down.

      There was also a time when the American Mint in Denver produced a ($20. Gold Coin)

      Again if you go back into American History you can find a "Confederate" One and Two dollar Bill Monetarily it's worth zip but to a collector it's worth thousands of dollars. Just a little trivia tidbit from my History classes as a kid here in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Yes, Dave I believe so. In fact, I have some silver dollars. The one shown in my article has the date of my daughter's birth year. I used to collect them and give them to my children when they were born. She is 38, so you calculated it almost right. However, I don't believe the silver dollar was in place of the dollar bill. I believe the paper dollar bill has always been around.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Revmjm: I may be wrong, and old age may be creeping in on me, but I seem to remember that there was a time not too long ago, maybe 30 years ago, that the American Dollar was a silver dollar?