29 November, 2006

Cool cash

The U.S. treasury lost a court case to a group of blind petitioners who want bills to look more different from one another. While the mint protested that redesigning money would cost too much, it has had great fun redesigning the U.S. 25-cent piece every 10 weeks since 1999. What's your favorite? While I love all the horses and buffalo, this one takes the cake. Not because of the cheesy "courage" slogan, nor because the mint pressed this coin even as it defended itself against the court case decided yesterday. Rather, I like that it's the first time I'm aware of that a Socialist has shown up on U.S. currency.


Take advantage of the blind people while you still can. When the bills change, they'll be on to us. 

Posted by Mist 1

My favorite is probably Colorado. Although there's lots of fun to be had in other quarters - like how unashamedly they embrace stereotypes (Indiana has a racecar, Wisconsin has a cow and a big wheel of cheese, New Jersey has a petroleum distillery), or the miniature feud going on between Ohio and North Carolina over which one is the birthplace of aviation. 

Posted by saurabh

The Treasury could solve part of the problem if it switched to coins for denominations of $10 and under and resurrected the $2 coin (there was one a $2 coin, right? Or am I mistaken?). The durability of the new coins, in differing size, would make up for the cost of printing the bills over and over and over again. Thus, the only bills that would need redesigns are the yuppie foodstamp, the fitty, and C-note. 

Posted by echan

Hooray! I knew there had to be someone out there who was more strident against bills than me. I just want to eliminate the $1 bill.

And then they could get rid of the whole issue by banning cash and going to an all-electronic currency. (They'd need Braille-friendly receipts.) I'm sure MasterCard or Visa would be happy to subcontract.

Saurabh: You New Jerseyans have some very cool oil refineries . I like the one with the oars. 

Posted by hedgehog

if anybody tries personal tradable carbon emission allowance credit quota rationing, that would be a foot in the door to star trek non-money.

for fun there should also be a $3 coin and we should nickname it "fountain." 

Posted by hibiscus

Oil refineries. Heh heh heh.

There is a minor war brewing in my house over the existance of the penny. My husband wants to eliminate them. I think they're pretty. 

Posted by DearDarlingDidi

Yo, man, do I get carbon credits for not passing gas like I want to? 

Posted by saurabh

credit for trying, bra. 

Posted by hibiscus

Didi: don't worry, if the Mint stops making pennies, you might get to see them more, unless people start either redeeming them at the local metals recyclers (for more than a cent, if commodity prices return to July levels).

In Brazil in 1992, I was impressed to find streets were indeed paved with gold. Rapid devaluation had left people with handfuls of useless change that they dropped into the heat-softened asphault of Rio intersections, leaving it surfaced with what I'd guess was as many as 80 coins per square foot. 

Posted by hedgehog

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