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Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill

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American consumers have shown about as much appetite for the $1 coin as kids do their spinach. They may not know what's best for them either. Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years.


Replacing $1 bill with coin could save $5.6 billion

Replacing $1 bill with coin could save $5.6 billion

A proposal to phase out the $1 bill and replace it with a $1 coin could be gaining currency as the "supercommittee" looks to find ways to save the government money... The move to a coin would cost money in the short term, but eventually save money because paper currency lasts about 42 months — while coins theoretically last forever. Moving to a coin could save $5.6 billion over 30 years, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Senh: It's over 30 years, though - so, very roughly $200M/year if we round it up to $6B in savings. That's not bad. It just means more coins in my pocket now. I didn't know paper money only lasts about 3.5 years. What do people do with worn out money? Do they just go to the bank and exchange it for new ones?


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