Defective Dollar Could be a Jackpot

Berks County, PA - When the news broke that the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia had left “In God We Trust” off some of its new dollar coins, Ralph Readinger headed off to his local bank and bought 500 dollars.

Finding one of those defective coins, the Stony Creek Mills resident reasoned, could be like hitting the lottery.

“I could use a couple hundred thousand dollars,” said Readinger, 64, a retired state liquor store assistant manager who works a part-time job.

Meticulously, Readinger sifted through all 500 coins.


He found a defective dollar.

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