February 12, 2007

Oh Goody. Another Dollar Coin.

I hate dollar coins. Already. And I haven't even held one yet, but that doesn't matter in the slightest, because I hate them. Hate them with a fiery, fiery hate.

Wanna know why?

Scotland. Yep, it's completely Scotland's fault that I hate dollar coins. See, when I did my year of study abroad, I went to Scotland, where they had these super cute little 1 pound notes that fit neatly into one's pocket. Now down in England they'd recently gotten all het up about the one pound coin which was actually pretty aptly named. The damn things were heavy! And bulky, and difficult to deal with in a pub--which, let's face it, was where I did the majority of my spending while abroad. So I was all smug and pleased about the fact that in Scotland people were civilized enough to realize that carrying around thin sheets of paper was much easier than bulky, yucky coins.

And then I got on an English plane to come home, and discovered that the English were being all English about the fact that the Scots hadn't bought into the whole coinage issue, and were throwing a hissy fit about it by refusing to take Scottish 1 pound notes. I wanted a coke. I had 3 pounds, all of it in notes, all of which were refused by some stupid air waitress in a cheap blue beret.

It was there, 30,000 feet above the earth, depressed because I was leaving my friends to return home and DYING FOR A COKE, that my total irrational hatred of dollar (or pound) coins was cemented.

Oh, and when my layover in London meant that I ended up with some of the one pound coins, guess what I discovered when I returned home? Banks wouldn't exchange coinage - only paper bills.

Evil, stupid, coin currency.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 12, 2007 01:08 PM | TrackBack

At least they're putting men on the coin this time. That alone makes this attempt more rational.

Posted by: marc at February 12, 2007 01:15 PM

I dunno. You better back up that assertion with some Thurber, mister!

Posted by: BAW at February 12, 2007 03:35 PM

The Sasquatch dollar didn't work?

Thurber was a feminist, actually. See http://home.att.net/~rhhardine/vickihearne.feminism.txt for one girl's elaboration.

Derrida generalizes it a little in Choreographies, in an old Diacritics (v12 n2 p66), away from the received feminism that has produced orgnized stamping of tiny foot as liberation.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 12, 2007 03:58 PM

I love the pound coin. Love it with a passion that will not accept paper. Love it. Want it here. It's the best coin. Did I mention that I love it?

Posted by: Michael at February 12, 2007 06:27 PM

Michael -

Fie on thee and the evil pound coin of DOOOOOOMMMMM!

Posted by: BAW at February 12, 2007 08:38 PM

Dollar coins are STUPID!!

Why in the world would i want to carry these things around? Lets see, they dont fit in a wallet, and I have never carryed a change purse, especialy since the invention of plastic!

What a complete waist of natural resorces to produce these pieces of crap! Like the people at the supermarket say Paper or Plastic, NO DANG HEAVEY COINS that will not pass thru a metal detector that are now convenyetly everywhere since 9/11/01.

Come on US MINT, Use some commen sence for god sake!

Posted by: bill at February 18, 2007 10:29 PM
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