Well! I couldn't HIDE my excitement and asked one of them if he would be willing to help me by trading two quarters, a dime and four pennies.... for a Dollar bill, a quarter and three pennies.
After a funny look with raised eyebrows, and a few looks of confusion and half smile "what the hecks?" between the two of them, the money was exchanged.
Penny: [1995D] - [1996D] - [1997D]
Dollar Bill: [2006 - L69151497H]
Besides this just being fantastic, and absolutely fun to do, I found it interesting that the three pennies I received [which he totally chose at random] were in numerical sequence by the date.
I am now on Step 9 thanks to friends and the lack of them needing to ask WHY I've lost my MIND!