I remember back around 1999-2000, there was a major PR push to start using the golden Sacajawea dollars. ([link=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztI42jea0m0]featuring Michael Keaton as the voice of George Washington[/link]) [image=http://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2011/10/US2520one2520dollar2520coin.jpg] Unfortunately it was a monumental failure. Supposedly there was a huge backlash from Coca Cola and Pepsi about the necessity of adapting vending machines to accept the coins, which would have cost them an estimated $50 per machine. "Big Soda" decided it was too expensive and attempted to get the government to shoulder part of the cost, but were shot down. I had heard of one story where a woman getting change at our local grocery store and threw a fit when handed a dollar coin as change, demanding "real" money. And then there is the governmental factor...one of the pushes for the coin was to replace paper dollars and save taxpayers a nice chunk of change. Unfortunately the government never so much as slowed down production of paper bills, making the coins completely extraneous. President Obama[link=http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/12/14/143648506/white-house-kills-dollar-coin-program] officially ended the dollar coin program in December. No new coins will enter circulation, and limited runs will be minted for collectors. [/link] Not even the $1.4 Billion worth of coins currently being held by the Federal Reserve. So, have you ever used a dollar coin? Or did you just take it to the bank and get paper? And do you know of any vending machines/parking meters/etc. that actually accept dollar coins?