For John, BLUF: Data is gathered everywhere. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I bought a two dollar bottle of water at the gym the other day. They wanted my name for their computer. I was paying cash—two dollar coins. I said "cash" to the Clerk, but she said "policy" to me. Policy trumps paying cash.
I guess they are compiling a list of folks dumb enough to pay $2.00 for a cold bottle of water.
Coincidently, someone told me that Senator Warren is trying to pull back the issuing of dollar coins. That is disappointing. I like the dollar coins for parking meters and bottles of water. I thought it might be because the Susan B Anthony coins were taken to be a symbol of the Pro Life crowd,♠ since she was very anti-abortion, thinking abortion was a male imposition on women.
Turns out it is about jobs in Western Massachusetts, where the paper for paper money is manufactured. Crane and Company, of Dalton, out in Berkshire County.
On the other hand, it was on 11 December 2011, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner suspended production of dollar coins, "due to cost of production".♥♦ Senator Warren wasn't sworn in until 3 January 2013, so maybe she had nothing to do with it, but is still getting credit/blame. Politics is so strange and interesting.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Well, the the Sacagawea dollar does have a baby depicted on the Obverse, along with Ms Sacagawea. The story is she was pregnant when she started the journal with Lewis and Clark and had the baby along the way. There are a billion Sacagawea dollars in circulation and about 250 million in reserve.
♥ Except for those produced for collectors.
♦ Apparently about 80,000 of the latest dollar coins, the Presidential Series, does not have "In God We Trust" on the edge, leading to them being called Godless Dollars.