H.R. 902, Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005

Meanwhile, in important Congressional business, 6 (count ’em, SIX) Representatives voted against H.R. 902, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005.

My heart belongs to the Susan B. Anthony dollar (seriously, a feminist and the Moon on one coin? Dude!) but even so I can appreciate the need for a more diverse and, therefore, entertaining coinage. I am particularly looking forward to putting pictures of William Henry Harrison and James K. Polk in vending machines.

Howard Berman (D-CA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Connie Mack (R-FL), Ted Poe (R-TX), and Ted Strickland (D-OH), why do you hate America?


  1. denisdekat wrote:

    I want to see a Jimi Hendrix dollar myself…

  2. yami wrote:

    Really any non-political figure would do. George Gershwin? Georgia O’Keefe? Langston Hughes?

  3. wolfangel wrote:

    Wait, will you finally do real dollar coins, and not those crappy Sacajawea ones that are the same diameter as a quarter? We’ve had two dollar coins for a decade now already, and dollar ones for 15 years.
    I love having dollar coins.
    When will you make your money pretty looking?

  4. yami wrote:

    I like the Sacajawea ones! Granted, they’re not as nice as loonies or Susie B’s. They’re slightly larger than quarters, iirc (it’s been a while since I’ve had one). And since all the new vending machines have been made to work with ‘em I assume the new president dollars will be the same size.
    Have you seen the new pale vomit colored twenties? Our money is only getting uglier. No wonder the dollar is crashing and burning!

  5. yami wrote:

    Oh also: this bill doesn’t direct the Mint to stop making paper dollars, so dollar coins will continue to be a hilarious joke. It’s mostly a tax on numismatists.

  6. Richard H Weil wrote:

    George Washington thought putting his picture on coins smacked of monarchy. He was right. These men were not kings. The bill even allows living ex-presidents to be so honored. Granted that while in office Coolidge was on a commemorative half, regular coinage is something else again. Is this celebrating imperial dreams? I don’t know about you, but the idea of Bush dollars makes my skin crawl.

  7. yami wrote:

    Hopefully the Bush family will be long gone from the political scene by the time their coins come out. Then their coins will be hilarious, like the Nixon coin will be!
    They really need to put “not a crook” on the coin with a little arrow pointing to him. It’s such a pity they don’t let me design these things…

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