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Thomas Jefferson loved the decimal system.
August 6, 2012 If not for Jefferson, there might have been 90 pennies in a dollar.
April 20, 2012 Should we kill the dollar bill? On today's show we go deep into the nature of money itself, and we find a clear answer to this question.
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April 19, 2012 Last month, a Washington, D.C. subway station was plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them said: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill.
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December 13, 2011 Earlier this year we reported on the pileup of more than a billion unwanted $1 coins in government vaults. It was the result of a law passed a few years back that ordered the mint to create coins honoring each U.S. president.Today, the White House said it will end the program.
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December 13, 2011 Saying it can save taxpayers $50 million a year, the Treasury Department announced today that it is suspending almost all production of presidential dollar coins.
Teacher Rebecca Kayes shows off the dollar coins she uses in Quito, Ecuador.
July 22, 2011 We talk to travelers who use frequent-flier-mile credit cards to buy dollar coins and pile up miles. And we hear how the U.S. Mint is cracking down.
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Dollar coins gathering dust in the Fed's Baltimore brach.
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July 14, 2011 Planet Money recently reported on the mountain of dollar coins piling up in Federal Reserve vaults. Now a Democratic Congresswoman wants to halt the program.
June 29, 2011 Photos and stories about dollar coins, from Planet Money listeners.
June 24, 2011 On today's Planet Money, we visit an underground vault that's full of money nobody wants.
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When Canada switched to dollar coins, or "loonies," its simply took the country's dollar notes out of circulation. The GAO says the U.S. needs a similar plan.
March 4, 2011 Replacing the U.S. $1 note with a coin could save the government around $5.5 billion over 30 years, according to a new report. The GAO says Canada and Britain figured out how to encourage people to use coins instead of paper money: take the paper money away.
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