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Presidential Coins Going Away?

April 17, 2012 by staff 

Presidential Coins Going Away?, The Presidential $1 Coin Program would not run its full course if several members of the Senate and House get their way. Two separate pieces of legislation have been introduced in the U.S. Congress which would ultimately end the dollar coins series dedicated to the former Presidents of the United States.

This new legislation comes in response to recent media attention to a reported $1 billion plus worth of dollar coins held in storage by Federal Reserve Banks. (Check out the PDF of the Annual Report to the Congress on the Presidential $1 Coin Program from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.) The massive stash of coins has been building up over the years with a marked increase occurring since the introduction of Presidential dollars four years ago.

Most attribute the inventory of dollar coins to two major factors. First, the public’s resistance to the use of dollar coins for everyday circulation. Second, requirements pertaining to the dollar coins placed on both the US Mint and the Reserve Banks.

When Congress created the legislation for the Presidential series in 2005, undoubtedly one of main reasons behind it was to win the public over to the idea that dollar coins could be used for daily commerce transactions. If it had occurred, it may have led to an easy transition from the $1 banknote which ends up costing significantly more to produce over the long-term in comparison to a coin. Currently, $1 banknotes have an expected life of 42 months according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The United States Mint lists the life span of a coin at 25 years.

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