CNN.com: 3 ways Obama could bypass Congress

CNN.com: 3 ways Obama could bypass Congress

Sovereign governments such as the United States can print new money. However, there’s a statutory limit to the amount of paper currency that can be in circulation at any one time.

Ironically, there’s no similar limit on the amount of coinage. A little-known statute gives the secretary of the Treasury the authority to issue platinum coins in any denomination. So some commentators have suggested that the Treasury create two $1 trillion coins, deposit them in its account in the Federal Reserve and write checks on the proceeds.

Not a serious solution, but an interesting idea.  Can you imagine holding a $1 trillion coin?

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