*Originally posted by Johnny L.A. *
[ul][li]Make the dollar coin the size of the traditional dollar coin;[/li][li]Stop producing paper dollars;[/li][li]Let the vending machine companies deal with the change (on re-read, no pun intended) by making machines that will accept traditional-sized dollars, Suzies and sackies, paper dollars, and half-dollars.[/ul]**[/li][/QUOTE]
Not quite that easy.
The Suzie dollar was designed to be smaller than the traditional dollar coin because people simply didn’t want the larger coin. If you try to force the larger dollar on them again, I doubt if it will be any more successful than it was in the 1970s.
Vending machines aren’t the only problems. Many cash draws have five slots – pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and one to spare (it usually holds rolls of coins.) You can have a 50-cent piece, or a dollar coin, but if you want both, most every cash register in the U.S. will need a new tray.
And why should the vending machine industry get stuck having to accept three different dollars.
I say, drop the dollar bills, recall the Suzy from circulation, concentrate on the Sackies and keep the 50 cent piece for what America really wants – a collector’s item.