Bullion coins will survive cashless push
Bullion coins will survive cashless push from Numismatic News
The cashless society concept appears to be catching on worldwide. What is your long-range view for the total demise of coins and bank notes?
Coins and bank notes as we know them might but in my opinion are not likely to change or go away. Specie coinage will remain even if circulation currency doesn’t. Most people don’t realize it, but the American Eagle, Maple Leaf, Britannia, Philharmonic, and other bullion coin programs still being issued are true specie. The difference between these coins and circulation specie is that they have no true face value assigned to them, allowing them to be as fluid as is the market.
In your opinion is specie better than fiat money?
I favor an economy in which each is used. Yes, the value of our existing bullion American Eagle program changes continuously. Cash registers could be programmed to determine their value at the moment of a transaction, allowing these coins to function as true specie alongside our fiat cash system.
Were some 1931 quarters struck clandestinely at the U.S. Mint?
J.H. Cline acknowledged in Standing Liberty Quarters there were rumors of such coins in the Col. E.H.R. Green and King Farouk collections. If so, these coins didn’t make it to the auction block. Considering a 1913 Liberty Head nickel and 1933 double eagle did, why wouldn’t these? There are several 1931 newspaper reports of counterfeit quarters, but none of these reports acknowledge the date on these fakes.
The composition of our cent and nickel as well as that of the Canadian nickel were altered during World War II. What metals were considered as substitutes but rejected?
Don’t forget all the occupied countries whose coinages were composed of zinc while under Axis control. The US considered using aluminum, brass, bronze, fiber, glass, lead, manganese, plastic, rubber, white metal, zinc and zinc-coated steel during the war.
I understand there was a problem in Canada recently when due to the drop in the spot price of silver the face value of some of Canada’s commemorative silver coins exceeded their intrinsic value. Has this happened elsewhere?
It has happened previously in both Panama (gold $100 coins) and the British Virgin Islands (silver coins). In both cases the governments reneged, removing their legal tender status. Each was a one-sided deal, earning money for the government, but with no intention of honoring these coins as money.