What Weighs More?
The results may surprise you.
Even though transitioning to a dollar coin would save taxpayer money, be better for the environment and improve commerce for many industries, some people are still reluctant to make the change for the simple reason that dollar coins are slightly bulkier and heavier than dollar notes.
But, we wondered, how great of an inconvenience is it, really? We carry all sorts of things in our pockets, purses and wallets all the time — many of them quite heavy. And yet it’s really not something we think about on a day-to-day basis.
To get a sense, we did an informal experiment. Using our handy office postal scale, we weighed five dollar coins (which we figured was a reasonable number that a person would be carrying around at any one time) and compared the weight to other common items.
We also pitted the $1 coin against 4 quarters in the ultimate currency smackdown.