Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Centennial, Apr 23, 2013.
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I did not pick the cent because its time is probably numbered, I did not pick the nickel because the quarter has had a Washington portrait since 1932, while the nickel has only had a Jefferson portrait since 1938.
If they were just going to put more political figures on them they might as well leave them alone.
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Cent, Nickel, Dime and Half need to be changed. They are far too similar to what they were when they came out. Dime especially.
Quarter, well, I'm not wanting it to change, I just want it to remain static. There are over fifty varieties of the quarter. Stick with one observe and one reverse.
Half, going on fifty years, might as well change it up.
Dollar, dido on the quarter. Pick a design and stick with it for more than a year, please.
I'm also in favor of adding higher denomination coins. Why can't we have 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 coins like we used to? Phase out dirty paper money.
The main thing that bothers me about the current designs is that they are so detailed that I personally think the coins are visually taxing. If you look through the history of coins, most of them were semi-intricate, but art-worthy. Their redeeming quality was their simplicity and that's what I think we should return to: Simple, yet dignified.
Next is the dime. I just dont like the reverse of it, never have.
I didnt pick the nickel or quarter because they at least have changed them now and then even if its the same presidents.
That is what I would do if I were king for the day.
Nickel, dime: Keep them, but redesign them. They do have (small) purchasing power; however, we have had the same dead presidents on our coinage for way too long.
Quarter: Obviously keep it. Redesign it once the America the Beautiful quarter series is done, about 2021.
Half Dollar: dump it or make it much smaller and give it a completely new design.
Dollar: dump the bill. Keep the coins and start making a lot more of them. Keep the presidential designs until the scheduled end of the program, and keep making the Native American designs indefinitely.
$2: dump the bill and add a completely new coin.
The cent: diameter unchanged since 1857, thickness and composition changed in 1864, composition changes in 1943, 1944, 1947, 1962 and 1982
The five-cent piece: diameter, thickness unchanged since 1866 with exception of 1942-1945
The dime: diameter and thickness unchanged since 1790s, minor silver composition adjustments until 1965, then all copper-nickel clad
The quarter dollar: diameter and thickness unchanged since 1790s, minor silver composition adjustments until 1965, then all copper-nickel clad
The half dollar: diameter and thickness unchanged since 1790s, minor silver composition adjustments until 1965, then silver clad until 1970, all copper-nickel clad since 1971. Coin largely driven from circulation due to the popularly or the mystique of the Kennedy legacy and kept as souvenirs.
The dollar: Spotty, intermittent or regionalized circulation, precious metal removed for the modern clad Eisenhower dollar (1971-1978), size reduced in 1979 for Susan B. Anthony design, diameter, color and design largely unpopular, most studied failed coin worldwide, composition change in 2000 led to similar poor circulation despite design, color and diameter changes in 2000 and 2007, coin stockpiled, rarely seen in circulation.
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