Monday, November 20, 2006

The New Presidential Dollar Coins are Here! The New Presidential Dollar Coins are Here!

Scheduled to enter circulation on Feb. 15, four days before President's Day, the new presidential dollar coins will be gold like the Sacajawea dollar coin, slightly larger than a quarter like the Sacajawea dollar coin and have the same thickness as both the Sacajawea dollar coin and the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.

Now before you go crapping all over the new presidential dollar coin's chances to break the "Peace Dollar curse", remember this -- the new presidential dollar coin has a few huge advantages that those two loser dollar coins didn't have. According to the U.S. Mint, the new presidential coin will rotate designs, with four -- count 'em, four! -- new presidential dollars each year, starting in 2007. Boo ya! Also, the dollar coin will have writing on its edge instead of just on its front and back for the first time in more than 70 years! And as if that's not all, according to USA Today, the writing will be "engraved but will be detectable by touch." That's detectable by touch, people.

As USA TODAY writes: "Those two features, particularly the rotation of the coins, will lead to excitement about the money in a way that wasn't generated before, [Mint Director Edmund] Moy says."

But he had more to say and this is what should give us all hope for what many have already nicknamed "the Prezzy". (Okay, so maybe they haven't nicknamed it that, but they should). If people start collecting them and seeking them out, Moy said, "we hope that one positive benefit of that is that they'll start using them more and say, 'Hmmm, this isn't as bad as we thought.' "

Keep the faith, Mint Director Moy. I'm certain they're not nearly as bad as we thought. Not by a longshot.


notElon said...

Of course they all have the boring old Statue of Liberty on the back> Why can't the back feature the most momentous event of their presidency? It would make Millard Fillmore's coin ever so much more interesting.

Anonymous said...

I've no problem with the Statue of Liberty obverse, it is the lack of detail in portrayal of George Washington. His likeness would look great in a comic book for 4th graders. This coin looks like a poor attempt to make a token for "Chuck-E-Cheese's" (no offense to Chuck-E-Cheese). There is simply no DEPTH to the Washington on this coin. Take a look at some of the U.S. coins of the past 75 years, and you'll see what I mean. Its bad enough that a dollar isn't worth much any more, now it LOOKS it!

Anonymous said...

I prefer the presidential dollar over the Sacki's. With the edge lettering you can distinguish the coin just on looks alone. If the dollar coins do take off I hope that the Sacki's get the edge lettering.