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View Poll Results: What's your thinking on the coin shape issue?
Heck, yeah, let's make coins useful for stuff besides currency. 2 13.33%
No, you don't want the feds to put the dice and toothpick companies out of business. 2 13.33%
Instead of coins, we should just have bar codes on our heads. 6 40.00%
Why are coins not mint-flavored? 5 33.33%
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:34 PM  
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Alternate Coin Shapes

Coins are pretty much round, unless you count that 20-sided Susan B. Anthony or whatever. They're also pretty much flat. Flat round disks.

Why is this? I see no reason other than to make a big surface for a presidential portrait.

Why can we not have coins that serve other purposes with their shapes? For example, maybe a half-dollar could have the shape and texture of a nail file. Maybe a penny could be spherical and double as a marble for kids. A dollar coin could be six-sided so people could use it for dice (six results) instead of flipping a coin (two results). Maybe a quarter could be shaped like a little tiny cup so people could use it as a shot glass. A nickel could be long and narrow with a toothpick at one end and a bottle opener on the other.

Personally, I think we're losing a lot of functionality by sticking with this antiquated "flat disk" philosophy.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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being relatively flat helps keep the total area required for a pocket of change smaller, not to mention the convenience of rolls
keeping that you could have some fun.

square coins with nail file or saw edges

could you cut a piece out of a quarter or bigger sized coin to make it a bottle opener? i bet

i like the toothpick idea, we all know how clean money is. sounds like a good way to spread teh AIDS
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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I noticed that you didn't propose changing the dime in any way. Playing favorites?
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:43 PM   #4
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Well, the dime is pretty much perfect as it is.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:43 PM   #5
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being relatively flat helps keep the total area required for a pocket of change smaller, not to mention the convenience of rolls
keeping that you could have some fun.

square coins with nail file or saw edges

could you cut a piece out of a quarter or bigger sized coin to make it a bottle opener? i bet

i like the toothpick idea, we all know how clean money is. sounds like a good way to spread teh AIDS
It could be just like monopoly pieces. I call the schnauzer.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:44 PM   #6
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i propose a new 100 dollar coin shaped like a sharp knife.. the owner might need the protection
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It could be just like monopoly pieces. I call the schnauzer.
Oh, wow. That's brilliant. Coins as sculpture.

What if you made coins that interlocked like Legos, so people could build stuff with them? I challenge anyone to think of a better way to encourage saving.
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i propose a new 100 dollar coin shaped like a sharp knife.. the owner might need the protection

I'm liking these ideas. There's no reason a 100-dollar coin would need to be small. Maybe a $50 coin could be a belt buckle or something. Attractive, functional, and can be used to buy dinner.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #9
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i like the toothpick idea, we all know how clean money is. sounds like a good way to spread teh AIDS
I'll never forget the day I. I was fumbling with some cash and stuck a couple bills between my lips, not in my mouth, but on the dry outer part of my lips, as I fumbled for my wallet.

I was with my uncle, and he remarked;

'I remember, the other day, me and the boys were at the strip club. There was a girl there who was freaky as heck, down for anything. I showed her my roll of cash and she sidled over.
"Roll one of those up," she told me. And I did. As I did so, she turned over and spread her ass cheeks.
"Now, gimme that $$," she moaned.
So I stuck it up her barking spider.'

"I think that might be her dollar you got in yer mouth, nephew," he tells me, with a somber gaze.

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Old 06-16-2009, 07:53 PM   #10
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and lots of snorters bleed a little on them
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:57 PM   #12
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Latex instead of metal? That would sure be good for the environment.

Maybe. I don't really know what latex is.

But yes, alternate materials could also be good. There's no reason why we couldn't make coins out of cheaper and more environmentally friendly materials. A penny made out of leather? Lincoln would think that's pretty cool. Especially if it was shaped so that it could also be used as a bridle.
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