Folks in the Berkshires are unlikely to warm up to the new line of presidential 1$ coins scheduled for release every three months, beginning in 2007. We had no use for the previous attempts to put higher value change in our pockets, either. Since 1879, Crane & Co. of Dalton Massachusetts has won the exclusive right to produce the paper used in United States currency, so as you might imagine the paperless dollar is especially unwelcome here.
Poor, unloved Susan B Anthony was a doomed dollar coin design, too difficult to distinguish from a Quarter. The Sacagawea dollar that succeeded it had the advantage of a different size and golden color, but ended up hoarded by collectors rather than recirculated in the economy. While promoters of the US presidential series see it as capitalizing on the highly popular line of State Quarters, these dollars are essentially commemoratives of greater educational value and collectibility than utility as currency. They do not replace the paper dollar, nor the Sacagawea one.
They also present something of as challenge to casual collectors. If you want to collect the entire run of US quarters for the fifty states, you'll end up putting $12.50 away in your sock drawer. If you have two kids, and want to be able to display the reverse side as well, it will set you back $50. Do the same with the dead presidents up to Reagan (counting Grover Cleveland twice, since he gets a coin for each of his non-consecutive terms), and you are talking about $152. But figure that at a rate of 4 coins a year, Gerald Ford would be 102 in 2015, two years before his dollar would be up as 38th president and the minimum amount of time after a former president's death for him to qualify for his portrait on a coin. So any way you look at it, acquiring the whole thing from loose change is likely to be both harder and more of a hardship.
Automatic transit ticket vending machines in Philadelphia, New York and elsewhere have become massive distribution centers for dollar coins given out as change. Put a $20 in for a $2 fare and you'd better have deep pockets or a large purse. But don't plan on spending any of it in the Berkshires. We like our dollars tattered and locally produced.