Paying a debt with legal tender can land you in hot water
Now, at least in Texas, there is precedent establishing that you can be held in contempt of court for paying a legal judgement in coins instead of bills.
You may be interested to know that the penny is the most widely used denomination currently in circulation and it remains profitable to make. Significantly, it is Congress that determines the denominations of coins that the Mint must produce and put into circulation. Each penny costs .81 of a cent to make, but the United States Mint collects one cent for it. The profit goes to help fund the operation of the United States Mint and to help pay the public debt. In 2000, this profit added up to about $24 million.
Also, while private businesses don't have to accept particular forms of legal tender as payment, federal law says that all United States money (coin and currency) are "legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes and dues."
Except, apparently, sometimes in Texas...
—Michael A. Cleverly
Friday, July 01, 2005 at 22:52