1978: Minimum wage summer job could fund college.

Here is the article:

"In 1978, a student who worked a minimum-wage summer job could afford to pay a year's full tuition at the 4-year public university of their choice."

This analysis spawned from a meme that made the claim. Turns out it is mostly true. Also, FYI, a dime made of silver is what a gallon of gas is worth. The silver in it is worth about $3.50.

Wouldn't that make life easier. It almost isn't worth dealing with pocket change. When I was a community college student in 2000-ish, I could scrounge for change in my seat cushions to get around. That would get me nowhere fast, literally, today. 

Our relationship with currency of worth is similar to the hollow relationships based on Hallmark card style proclamations of love in a time where most people don't even write letters anymore. In that respect you cannot be happy with artificial currency that is practically monopoly money.