Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Territorial Quarters?

The Washington Times reports:

The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill introduced by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's nonvoting representative, that would allow the nation's capital to submit a design for the reverse side of a quarter, meaning the city soon could join the 50 states in having a customized coin.


The House passed the measure four times in previous years, but the Senate blocked each attempt.


Mrs. Norton's bill also expands the program to include American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Suggestions for the D.C. coin's design range from serious to sarcastic. Ideas include historical images such as Frederick Douglass, Duke Ellington, the Capital Beltway and the panda, but another was the depiction of tourists on the Mall handing their wallets to a smiling mugger.

I expect it will end up being some view of the Capitol, although the Beltway would be a great idea. DC could have the first quarter featuring a landmark of neighboring states. Or they can make the even easier decision of reissuing the Maryland quarter since that's where DC residents should be voting in the first place.

The Macaca Post also reports.

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