I'm talking about our beloved gubbermint, of course. You remember them? Of the people, by the people, for the people? Yeah. Those folks. The ones who keep minting the $1 coins in spite of the fact that we keep saying we don't want the danged thangs.
Now they're starting a new series, featuring 4 different presidents each year. This will be the 14th time since 1794 they've tried to talk us into using a dollar coin. At least they've continued the trend they started with the quarters, trying to make the dollar coin appealing to the collector. There's a new twist to the design, too: this time they have printing around the edge of the coin, relegating the mint date, mint mark, "E Pluribus Unum" and "In God We Trust" to the less readable portion of the disk. That's either in aid of minimalist design or somebody has stock in magnifying lenses.
Personally, I don't really mind the dollar coin but I try hard to avoid it. Although we have screamed long and loud about the unfortunate size-resemblance to the quarter, causing untold incidents of accidental inflation, they still insist on turning out quarter-sized dollar coins. Oh sure, they'll tell you there are differences that will enable you to spend quarters as quarters and dollars as dollars but, in the real world, whoopsies keep whoopin' that money right out of our hands.
We've heard the saying that it takes money to make money and that is never more true than when applied to the Mint of any given country. We are faced, for instance, with the peculiar fact that it costs more to mint our pennies than they're worth as a coin. And when our gubbermint is trying to entice us with new coinage, they don't hesitate to spend the advertising buck in the process. Just go to the U.S. Mint site to see what a vast array of free promotional items can be downloaded or ordered for mail delivery.
If I did a little research, I could probably determine why we don't mint coins the size of the old silver dollars. Part of it is the sheer inconvenience of the larger coin but I'm guessing at least some of the reason for the reduction in size is the cost of materials. Which leads to the identity problems because the Mint simply hasn't gone far enough with their design differences. How's this for a concept? Cutout dollar coins!
Visualize this: the coin can be exactly the same size as the quarter -- or the nickel, for that matter -- but if the main design is cut out in silhouette, the way they do when they make jewelry out of coins, one would be able to feel the difference, even in the dark. There would be an added bonus in the fact that there is much less metal needed to produce each coin, reducing the cost of production.
I'm partial, myself, to a dollar coin with a big eagle spreading its wings from edge to edge. Because I like that other old saying denoting payday: The eagle flies.