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Claim: The Treasury is recalling one state's quarters because they're jamming coin slots.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: Sometimes we get numerous "Is this true?
Many variations of the same basic joke are in circulation, with the name of the state and school changed to reflect differing perceptions of which state is populated by "dumb hicks," or to reinforce various intrastate collegiate rivalries (i.e., University of Texas boosters send forth the "
Hang on to any of the new State of Texas quarters. If you have them, they may be worth much more than
"We are recalling all the new Texas quarters that were recently issued," Treasury Undersecretary Jack Shackleford said Monday. "This action is being taken after numerous reports that new quarters will not work in parking meters, toll booths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices."
The quarters were issued in the order in which the various states joined the U.S. and have been a tremendous success among coin collectors worldwide.
"The problem lies in the unique design of the Texas quarter, which was created by a
Last updated: 29 March 2007
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