I wanted to get a bunch of Susan B and gold dollar coins, and $2 bills, just to be a little weird and have some fun spending them and watching the looks I get. So I stopped at the local DCU branch - they don't carry any of those. I even called DCU's information - they don't stock *any* of them in their network, and have no provision for requesting them - unless you're looking for $2500 worth, according to the branch. Apparently that's what you have to order from the treasury, minimum. I was thinking more like $100 of each. So unless I find a number of other people interested in a big sack o' coins, that's not happening. You can get them online from the Treasury - but it is $35.50 for 25 gold dollars. And I don't see any Susies or $2 bills - except for the collectors uncut sheets for the $2.
No wonder these things never circulate.
Well, plan B is buying a stamp using a $20 bill at the Post Office - based on recent experience, the vending machines give change with a mix of Susies and Sacagawea coins. I confused the guy at McD's by paying a $6.27 bill with 3 $1 bills, a Susie, a Sachy, 5 quarters, and 2 pennies.
If anyone knows how I can get the coins in rolls, etc, for face value (ask your bank?), I'd love to know. I'm not sure how random banks will react if I just come in and ask for this stuff - but then, that could be amusing in itself I suppose.