The state quarter program is winding down. We only have two more years, and people like me were already beginning to wonder what life would be like without a reason to check our change. The U.S. Mint to the rescue! They just announced that they are starting a new series, the Presidential $1 coin program.
The Mint people are really going wild with this one, folks. The inscriptions "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum," the issue year and the mint mark will appear on the edge.
You can check it out here. And the schedule for release is here. The first one will appear in January, a mere two months away!
The only problem with this is going to be finding them. The Mint is really itching to get the public used to $1 coins, because they are much more durable than $1 bills. But when was the last time you bought something and got any Sacagaweas or Susan B. Anthonys as change? Probably never, unless you got change from a post office stamp machine or a mass transit ticket machine. According to CNN, the problem with Sacagaweas was that the Mint did not make enough of them, and collectors like me stashed them away, so there was never an opportunity to become accustomed to using them. So hopefully the Mint will positively deluge the public with these new coins. If not, I'll have to make quarterly trips to the post office and pay for a book of stamps with a $20 bill just to get the change!