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You wouldn't think it'd be so hard...
...to get a hold of specific forms of currency.

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.

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ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: February 15th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
keshwyn has been acquiring them somehow for use at SCA events and so on. I'll bug her next time she's on IRC.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 15th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: February 15th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I forwarded a link to your post to sauergeek as he gets the dollar coins regularly.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 15th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Thanks. *hugs*

I was thinking of asking you to dinner tonight, but then I figured every place would be packed with 'happy couples'. You up to anything tomorrow? :-)

About the ants - when we got them in Waltham I put out some ant bait traps around the place and they went away for good.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: February 15th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Banks aren't like clubs. You don't have to be a "member" to do business with them. You should be able to go into any bank and exchange legal tender for legal tender. Though many banks do have rules about not selling large quantities of change to non-account holders. You can usually get a roll of quarters, but not a dozen rolls... that kind of thing.

And yes, the fact that the coins are unavailable is why no one uses them. I don't know why they made such a big deal about advertising the new coins since they didn't really make any and refused to let anyone use them.

I think it's criminal that they chose the size they did and I think the "Sachy" coins have an abominable image compared with other coins... but really, why aren't we using dollar coins when it costs $1 for a soda in most machines and you'd need a sackful of quarters to park at a meter for a movie.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 15th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I don't have any problem with the image on the Sachy - I take it the kid bugs you?

The stupid size choice was made with the Susie, yes, that was just fucking dumb. And it lingers - the Sachy was required to be exactly the same size, weight, AND have the same electrical properties - so that machines that accepted Susies would also accept Sachy's without modification. The main reason they're gold is to eliminate that 'is it a quarter?' confusion the Susie had.
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brother_buford From: brother_buford Date: February 15th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

That's just silly

I'd keep those, as silver is real money unlike this cupronickel crap used since 1965, and the value is sure to go up as the dollar weakens. They're actually cheaper than $10, as you can get them for about $2 over spot. Silver is $7.28/oz. last I checked, but the value is up right now over what it was last week, when it got down to $6.50.

I'm currently waiting on an order of two rolls of silver AE coins I bought last week.
brother_buford From: brother_buford Date: February 15th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Okay this is just really funny

I've been using Susies and Sackies, as well as Kennedy halves and $2 bills exclusively for months now. The head teller at my bank knows me when I come in, and they always have the stuff on hand. It was even more amusing when I got ahold of $77 in Ike dollars there and spent the majority of those (confusing cashiers along the way) before selling the last 30 on eBay.

My bank (credit union, actually) has been pretty cool about it. They ordered $2s when they had none (a Fed Reserve is downtown from here - Richmond, VA) and I got them the same day; now they keep several thousand dollars worth on hand. I go in on a regular basis and pick up $50-$200 worth at a time along with halves and dollar coins, of which they have bags. I even once got to look through their change bags and took every 90% and 40% clad silver half dollar and real silver dollar I could get my hands on (for face value) and sold them on eBay for a tidy profit. I didn't even ask, either, they just let me back behind the counter when I asked for halves one day. I sat there for about 45 minutes with a pile of halves in the floor sorting through them looking for the 1960s ones.

They have a coin collection day once a month where people can bring in their buckets of coins for deposit, and I always check back with them to see if anything good came in.
stormcrow42 From: stormcrow42 Date: February 15th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
At a point in my life where I was actually cashing my paychecks at a bank instead of getting them direct deposited, I would simply ask the teller for all the dollar coins and $2 bills they had as part of my payment. I'd usually get a couple dozen coins and a few bills (this was before the golden dollars came out). I'd then spend them on lunch or other stuff over the course of the next few days. Of course at some of the places I frequented, the shock value wore off after a while. I once paid admission at a medieval recreation event with nothing but Sacajawea coins. I've considered taking large quantities of them to the next ren faire I go to.
wednes From: wednes Date: February 15th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Around here, you get gold dollar coins as change from the vending machines at the post office. I imagine if you bought some single stamps with large bills, you'd get a bunch!
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 15th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yep - see my Plan B. ;-)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 15th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
In my experience, Bank of America and KeyBank stock dollar coins.

USD2FRNs are a bit trickier. If you have a "good relationship" with your bank (this works best if its small but agile credit union), you could talk to a bank manager, and ask for a kilobuck of such bills be added to their next cash order.

Woz (of Steve and Woz of Apple) famously would get brand new uncirculated two dollar bills, and then have the bundle gluebound on one side with a cardboard backing, so he could tear them off like sheets of paper on a writing pad.
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: February 15th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Bank of America nearly always have them. Some branches are persnickety about being a client; since our car loan is with them and my company do business with them, it's not usually an issue. Usually they only have $50 or so of gold dollars on hand, and rarely any $2 bills.
sauergeek From: sauergeek Date: February 15th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My consistent supplier is the BayBank, er, BankBoston, er, Fleet, er, Bank of America branch at Harvard Square. Go in, go downstairs to the basement, and find the business tellers. Ask for dollar coins -- they'll even ask you if you want silver or gold. They have a semi-infinite number of $25 rolls. They've told me that they also have a similarly semi-infinite supply of JFK half dollars. I haven't checked, but I'd suspect they also have $2 bills.

I've never been asked if I'm a bank customer. (I am, but so far it's never come up.) Also, note that the business tellers close earlier than the rest of the tellers, and in my experience the rest of the tellers aren't as friendly about changing paper into rolls of dollar coins.

An aside, a guy I knew in college was from NYC, and apparently the Federal Reserve there will sell you, at cost, brand new packs of $2 bills, so not only can you have $2s, you can have them in sequential serial number order. He tried getting them at the Boston federal reserve, but was refused, so for this trick you will have to go to New York.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 15th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Cool - except I'd need to get to Harvard Square during hours the business tellers are there, which might be problematic.

Unless I can front you cash to redeem the next time you replenish. :-)