I like using the president dollar coins. If news reports are any guide, it seems I may be the only one. Along with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea dollars there’s reportedly $1.2 billion of them lying around in federal vaults without any hope of seeing a cash register or piggy bank. Yet sometimes I have trouble getting as many as I want because my local bank runs short.
Dollar coins feel good in the palm of my hand, and their golden glow is like a drop of sunshine grasped from the sky. They obviate the need for a mountain of nickels, dimes and quarters at parking meters and vending machines. Each one is a history lesson as we remember the life and times of famous presidents and puzzle over obscure ones like John Tyler and James Polk.