So what is so horrible about a polymer $1.00?
I find it funny that just about the only place I see the majority of people wanting to get rid of the paper dollar and use the coins are those who are on coin forums! Yes, there are other websites out there (and youtube etc. etc), but it seems to be only online I hear anybody trying to say they like these.
Since talking on this site in another $1 coin vs bill thread, I have been asking people if they use the dollar coins (these are more than readily available where I am and people recognize them for what they are - and I do
get them in change every so often from stores). Their reply has been the same - the people tell me they do not like carrying the coins b/c the weight of the dollars in their pocket is a bother. Notice I ask them IF
they like using the coins, and not a loaded, mass-media-type question of, "Why don't you like..."
So make a polymer $1.00 and let the people who do not want the coins happy also - what evil is there in this?
On this site was another thread talking about the mint no longer doing the subscription program for these and that the mint was losing money b/c of (drum roll) the free shipping costs they were offering were hurting them. I wonder how much money would be spent over a period of years when having to transport these much heavier-than-polymer-bill coins to and from banks (en masse etc.)? It would be the private sector footing the bill (but saving in production costs for the mint) over and over.
Why does it have to be an either or situation? Variety is the spice of life! Cost might not be a factor if the bills are polymer then everyone could be happy - America traditionally has been about personal choice - not dictation (well - current light bulb situation excluded... )