My evening last night -- I was asked to help explain to a friend of a friend the following situation, since I'm library girl.
This is the distillate of the chat, which took 30 Minutes to conduct.
Goldbug: Why does this 2013 dollar cost $218 plus tax? It says a dollar. Also how can you tax money?
Me: Because it's a bullion coin and the law (copies and pastes relevant section) says they are sold at the cost of the precious metal in them and are not considered dollars, but collectibles.
Goldbug: But it says a dollar!
Me: If you want to buy an ounce of precious metal, Uncle Sam's going to charge you market rate plus tax. Now, if you want to take it down to 7-11 and spend it on coffee and use it as legal tender and not a collectible, then yes, it's probably going to be worth a dollar.
Goldbug: But if it's a dollar then, how can they charge more?
Me: Yeah, it doesn't really make sense to call something a dollar when you don't intend to charge a dollar for it, but a lot of things congress does don't really make sense.
The stupid! It burns! And shame on me for agreeing I'd help out.