''Dollar bills may fade from U.S. circulation even if lawmakers ignore a
government agency’s opinion that switching to coins would save money.
the CHART OF THE DAY shows, the number of new bills printed in the
latest fiscal year fell 31 percent from a year earlier, according to
data compiled by the Treasury Department. The drop to 2.02 billion in
the year ended Sept. 30 reflected a trend since fiscal 2000, when the
total peaked at 5.19 billion.
“The popularity of ‘everyday’ paper money”
has declined as more people use credit cards, debit cards and
Internet-based services to pay bills, Nicholas Colas, chief market
strategist at ConvergEx Group, wrote two days in a report. He defined
everyday money as $1 through $50 bills.''