The Treasury Department who could have averted a standoff over the debt ceiling by minting a cure-all trillion-dollar coin have admitted that they have lost the coin after a worker took the coin home to show his kids.
It is believed the coin was lost behind the back of a sofa.
"It must have fallen out of my pocket" mused Treasury Department worker Kyle Harris "We have turned the den upside down looking for it, we found some paper clips, a small toy army man and some peanuts behind the sofa cushions but no coin. I expect I might get into trouble for this."
The scheme to mint trillion-dollar platinum coins has been called absurd and dangerous, and even laughable by some, with many claiming coins could be easily mislaid and this tragic loss of the first coin has compounded those fears.
"This what I feared most" said NRCC Chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., "I knew something like this would happen" he said shaking his head and tutting loudly.
As of press time Harris and his family were planning on opening up the family pets to see if they had inadvertently swallowed the solution to the looming financial crisis facing the United States.
"We have a cat and a dog" informed Harris "I will gut them after the kids go to bed and see if I can find the coin.....otherwise I think there will be a hell of a kerfuffle Monday at work."