Monday, July 23, 2007

New U.S. Dollar Coin Controversy(?)

So here's the set-up. I get one of those mass forwards from some obscure relative that somehow obtained my e-mail address. Every e-mail I get from him is either some stupid joke or one of those "the sky is falling, so send this to everyone you know" e-mails.
Here's his latest forward:
Please politely refuse if given one of these new coins and ask for a paper bill instead.
Let's stand together on this!

You guessed it

Government to Release New Dollar Coins
If ever there was a reason to boycott some thing, THIS IS IT!!!!


Together we can force them out of circulation.

Please send to all on your mailing list !!!

Well, I thought it was a little strange that the U.S. Mint would covertly remove "In God We Trust" from coinage, so I did a little research. Turns out, all the traditional mottos will be added to the edge of each coin using a new lettering system. Here's what it says on the U.S. Mint website:
In order to revitalize the design of United States coinage and return circulating coinage to its position as not only a necessary means of exchange in commerce, but also as an object of aesthetic beauty in its own right, it is appropriate to move many of the mottos and emblems, the inscription of the year, and the so-called "mint marks" that currently appear on the 2 faces of each circulating coin to the edge of the coin, which would allow larger and more dramatic artwork on the coins reminiscent of the so-called "Golden Age of Coinage" in the United States...

So, not thinking about the dullards who would receive my response, I hit "reply all" and said this:
There's no need to boycott the new dollar coins that will be in

The words "In God We Trust" will appear on THE EDGE OF EACH COIN. The
U.S. Mint is using a new process called Edge-Incused Lettering.
I then received this e-mail from some yay-who from (presumably) the Thumb:
I just have to ask this question:  Why was it necessary to place the
words "In God We Trust" on the SIDE of the new $1 coin, when these words
have been on the FACE of our coins since the 1930's? The only answer
that makes sense to me is to ensure that they will not be seen nor read.
So, do I pull a 'Cohort' and get involved in a vicious e-mail discussion with some blockhead? Or do I just ignore this guy and hope he turns up in next year's Darwin Awards? A little help from the Spoonhouse please...


Blogger Simon Hawk said...

I personally don't give a shit. Coins are stupid, give me paper any day. Like anybody under the age of 115 is going to use $1 coins anyways.

23/7/07 13:25  
Blogger Matt McMinn said...

Just for fun, rip him a new one. Or, simply direct him to this post, and let him defend himself in the comments.

23/7/07 14:20  
Blogger Garble said...

Not only should you keep fighting, I'd love to help.

24/7/07 05:11  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

Here's where Garble and I differ on a fundamental level. Garb's (God bless him- (hehe)) wants to turn this into a full-blown debate about the separation of church and state. I, on the other hand, was wanting to defend the U.S. Mint for trying to make a cool-looking coin(s) and using new technology to shift around the traditional phrases.
So, Garble, any input on that topic would be appreciated.
(Nice piece on church/state, though. It's almost like you'd written compositions on that topic while at Rose-Hulman)

24/7/07 06:51  

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