The US has it all wrong when it comes to change. Change is good (so our president tells us) but why does it end up in random baskets, jars, pots, bottles, bowls, boxes, and other containers throughout our American homes. We know it is worth SOMETHING but obviously not enough for us to tote around everywhere we go. Sometimes we would rather just break a dollar bill instead of counting out 86 cents.
It seems that everywhere other than the US is using the coin to it’s full advantage. In Canada their are Looneys and Tooneys, coins that have increments valued basically as a dollar and two dollars. Here in Europe there are 2 euro pieces and one euro pieces and also the same system in England. SO why is the US missing out on all the coin fun? Coins are not as easy to carry as bills but they are so much simpler to use. (Not to mention you feel like Scrooge McDuck counting out all your money) You look in your coin purse and you can see exactly how much money you have really without dumping it all out.
Ever looked in your bill fold and thought you had more money than you really did because it turns out that what you thought was tens actually turned out to be ones? Over here that doesn’t happen and not simply because of the coins, the bills are different too.
US bills are really ultra confusing. They are all the same color, size, and constancy. It is a very rare occurrence that you get a new crisp bill in the US and eventually it becomes worn in your wallet anyway. Because the euro is a new currency all the bills are nice and crisp. The paper they are printed on is also more durable than that of US dollars and can be washed of outside ink and dirt easily. Unlike the US dollar the Euro , normally distributed in 5.10.20 increments, is ALL different, colors, sizes, and feels according to what amount the bill is worth. No longer can a cashier trick a blind person with change and when you look in your bill fold you cannot delude yourself with visions of grander.
In conclusion the US dollar, even with its current (but small) rise in the world economy is still inferior to the euro. Not just in value but in simple practicality.