MY GREAT QUARTER QUANDARY!
Every year the United States Mints in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco mint a total of 1,580, 201, 200 quarters in 15 different varieties. Except for a few silver proof quarters minted at the San Francisco Mint, they really don’t contain any precious metals. They’re just a bit of nickel and a dab of copper. And except for a few coin collectors, there’s no reason for anyone to hoard them. So why it it, that I seldom if ever get any quarters in change at the check out counter. In the past year, I doubt if I’ve received more than six quarters a month in change. And this is change that ranged from 25 cents to 99 cents.
This is a problem for me because I use St. Louis outstanding Metro Transit system for getting around town. Why not? My senior citizen fair for a two hour round trip is just $1.50! That’s a dollar coin and two quarters to drop in the fair box. (Metro Transit tip – use quarters and dollar coins. Unless they are crisp and new, paper dollars jam up going into the fair box. You are also liable to drop part of your 50 cents of nickels and dimes on the floor. That’s why I started buying a roll dollar coins at the bank. Trust me, they are not inconvenient to carry and I’ve never mistaken a dollar coin for a quarter. Also, it costs less to mint a dollar coin than it does to print a dollar bill. Also a coin will last for years, while a dollar bill wears out in less than one.) So when I stopped getting quarters in my change, I start buying roll of quarters as well as dollar coins.
But this doesn’t answer why don’t I get any quarters in my change? So here’s my opinion. I don’t think cashiers (male and female) know how to count change using quarters unless they’re using one of those automatic coin dispensers. They’re nickel, dime and penny counters … 1, 5 and 10 and adding 25 or a quarter to the change count throws them off! When I went to school, the nuns taught us how to count using coins. They also taught us cursive writing and spelling. I may have to use spellcheck on occasion, but I at least know how to count out change using quarters and even half dollars. (What ever happened to half dollar coins by the way?) I also know how to sign my signature to a checks and documents.
Just my humble opinion from my iMac. Feel free to add yours. Speaking of iMacs, my brand new computer (now named Minion J. iMac) doesn’t have a cent key on the keyboard. DRAT!