>Gold Dollars are finally at the Post Office vending machine in downtown
>Phoenix. Bought some stamps this morning and was pleasently surprised to get
>two 1999-D SBA's and three 2000-P Golden Dollars. Last time I bought stamps
>there was a few weeks back and it was all 1999-D SBA's. Since today is the
>4th of July I thought it was appropriate the machine now has Golden Dollars.
The Post Office here (Auburn, AL) doesn't even return dollars, much
less Sac dollars. The biggest bill it will take is $10, and it won't
return more than $5 change. It's not even a good source of statehood
quarters, because it refuses to sell a $4.95 book of stamps for $10
(that would be $5.05 change, which is over the maximum--so it rejects
the $10 and issues a warning). In desperation, I put a $5 bill into
the change machine (that's the biggest bill it'll take), and got 20
quarters. Only 3 were statehood quarters, and they were common ones.
Wal-Mart no longer has Sac dollars. The clerk said, "We don't get
any, anymore. We did in the beginning, but they're all gone." Yeah,
I know, they have to request dollar coins from the bank, but why
should a *customer* have to explain that to them? What's happened to
the gov'mint's promotional campaign?
Every Sac dollar I've spent has been snapped up by somebody who was
thrilled to see one. The manager at the local Texaco quick-stop
claimed two, thanked me profusely, and said he was adding them to his
collection. When I protested (nicely), and his co-worker accused him
of hoarding them for the gold (LOL), he said he just "likes them", and
has "maybe 70 or 75 at home." Geez.