March 28th, 2011
|11:53 am - What can make life good? A pocket full of gold coins.|
Yes, that's right: after leaving a meeting at the Univesity of Cincinnati last week, I pulled out of thier parking garage with a large volume of gold dollar coins from the parking meter, owing primarily to the large bill I had stuck in the meter in order to get out of the garage.
There's something awesome about having a pocket full of gold coins: it keeps you honest about what you're spending, because you can actually feel your money situation getting "lighter" as coins leave your pockets. Plus, it makes one feel a bit like a dragon with a horde (or a leprechaun with a cereal kids try to steal, I guess) to have gold coins in your pocket.
Whenever I end up with a large quantity of these coins, as occasionally happens (most often after leaving the post office), I often wonder what it would be best to spend them on. That's the thing about unusual money: it causes you to plan its expenditure rather than use it as if it were something "common" that you carried around all the time. $2 bills are like this, as well, as were state quarters (back when they first came out).
Really, the only issue with the coins I received is that they're all of the same president: Andrew Johnson. Johnson was the first president impeached (and the only one impeached until Bill Clinton got a blowjob). I will admit, this has somehow made the gold coins a bit less spectacular. . . but I continue to find worth in them, anyway.
So, today counts as a good day. A happy Monday to all of you.
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They also tend to piss off cashiers, so I usually save them for someone who has raised my ire.
I dare you to put rainbow stickers on these implements of coin dispersal. Maybe even a little thought bubble that says 'You found my golden coins'.
Quite tempting. I need to go looking for stickers!
Holy crap: I may need to drive back to UC just to stick that on a coin machine!
|Date:||March 28th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)|| |
What, no more Sacajawea? (Or however the hell you spell that.) I guess that breaks the trend of having women on dollar coins. Maybe the idea was that if everyone is going to hate dollar coins anyway, let's give them a guy who was impeached to hate on.
Edited at 2011-03-28 04:15 pm (UTC)
They started releasing dollars as a "US President's series
" a couple of years ago. All presidents (as soon as they're dead, I guess, for the later ones) will get a gold dollar coin. Sacajawea coins are still being minted, though.
Maggie misheard me when I told her who was on the coin, thinking I said "Andrew Jackson." Her response was "Wait, they have dollar coins with Andrew Jackson and
Sacajawea? What the hell are they thinking?" Bully for her for mixing up the last name as I spoke it and
being appropriately horrified at such a combination.
Johnson is the most recently released coin. So they're all shiny and new. :)Edited at 2011-03-28 05:10 pm (UTC)
|Date:||March 28th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm sure if I were better at history my mind would've gone to the same place Maggie's did; I always have a hard time remembering which Andrew is which.
But that President's series means there is/was an Andrew Jackson coin simultaneous with Sacagawea! Oops.
The easiest way to remember which Andrew is which is to recall that a "Johnson" replaced each of the two most famously assassinated presidents: JFK and Lincoln. At least, that's how I do it.
Oh, hey: there's also a "first spouse program" going on, with coins released at the same time as the presidential dollar. Interestingly, it seems that when the president didn't have a wife, they strike the coin with an image of liberty. Terribly fitting for a sacred kingship theme for a country like America. . .
|Date:||March 28th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)|| |
I was thinking the only president this applied to was Buchanan, but thanks to this
I now know that there were others who, despite having been married, were not married when they were president.
I love these coins, my favorite being the Sacajawea coins. I feel a little weird referring to them as "gold" dollars, since there's not a speck of actual gold in them, but I agree that they feel more valuable than paper notes. I used to keep a collection of these as emergency cash, knowing I'd be unlikely to spend them. (And then our local post office did away with the stamp vending machine, so I hardly ever encounter these coins anymore.) They're the kind of thing that seem like they ought to be kept in a wooden treasure chest just as ornamentation. Of course, nickels feel a little more valuable, too, since I heard they have seven cents worth of metal in them. :)
I'd heard some time ago that the new ones, the presidential series, are supposed to feature all the presidents who've served more than one term. I also heard some recent news about talk in Congress of trying to phase out paper one-dollar bills and replacing them with these coins because they're more durable.
|Date:||April 3rd, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)|| |