The purpose of life is a life of purpose
Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey
Two wrongs don't necessarily make a right, but three lefts do.
Another point, coins are a penultimate recyclable - whenever they become unusable (wear out, get mangled or, as with the 1˘, become useless for commerce), they can be easily melted down and the metal used to make new coins. Waste 'strip' (the long coiled sheet of metal that coin blanks are stamped out of) is also melted and the metal used to make new 'strip'.
OTOH, worn-out banknotes are shredded and most of those shreddings are then landfilled (they cannot be recycled into new banknotes).
I have a gulty pleasure. I call ahead to the bank and exchange a $20 bill for Susan B Anthony coins. Then I spend them at gas stations stafed by 16 year olds that have never seen one before. The look on thier faces is precious.
I cashed a check at our credit union yesterday and asked for the singles in dollar coins. Nobody had them in their cash drawers! One of the tellers said she could get a roll if I'd like to "buy" the hole thing.
Chet, I like to do the same thing (but any store). They look at you with this "is this real" look/
"Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW