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Dollar coin to replace the dollar bill?

YAKIMA, Wash -- The options for paying for your favorite fruit smoothy or cup of joe are pretty standard.

"Usually we just get dollars or credit cards," said Andi Freeze, of Cruisin Coffee.

But starting this week, you have another option. The U.S. Mint released the new Presidential one dollar coin. George Washington will be the first President honored. The new coins are similar to the Sacagawea one dollar coin, but the Mint hopes the new coins are more successful.

"I think they want it to be a collectible," said Caroline Gable, of Ron's Coin and Collectables, "but they also want people to get used to using the dollar."

The Post Office has upgraded their machines to handle the new dollar coins, but wide spread adoption isn't guaranteed.

In the past, consumers haven't liked carrying around a lot of change. And now they are using plastic debit and credit cards for traditional cash transactions like fast food, gas, and coffee.

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