The new series of dollar coins

Often, if I’m feeling a bit tired at work, I will buy a caffeinated soft drink to keep me alert. However, on Thursday last week, I found that I only had a $5 bill. Fortunately, one of School Specialty’s soda machines accepts $5 bills. When I made my selection, I expected to hear a mass of quarters fall into the change return. To my surprise, there were only a few plunks. Instead of giving me the 15 quarters, 1 nickel, and 1 dime expected (a soda is $1.10), it returned 3 dollar coins, 3 quarters, a nickel, and a dime. To further my surprise, the coins were not Sacagewea dollars, but rather coins from the Presidential series that started this year, two of Washington and one of Adams:

I have to say, I’m a fan. It’ll be neat having coins with all the dead presidents represented and I think one of the coolest part is the placing of text on the rim of the coin:

As and atheist, I’m not particularly pleased that we have “IN GOD WE TRUST” on all of this nation’s currency, but I think that the placement on the edge of the coin looks cool. In case you were wondering, the complete text on the rim is:


Of course, the US Mint was not the first to do this. I have three €2 coins that was minted in Greece, the Netherlands, and Ireland and they each have their own inscriptions that are unique to the country. However, they are harder to read because the €2 coins have a ridged edge.

I hope that with this new series of dollar coins, Americans will take enough interest to start using the coins instead of the bills. I know I will try to use the coins as much as possible instead of bills in the future.


About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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3 Responses to The new series of dollar coins

  1. Gary says:

    I understand and respect your right to accept an athiestic view, however, those 20% of Americans who don’t believe in a God should make way and accept that they live in a nation that not only 80% of the people believe in a God, but also this nation was built on the principals of a religious practice.

    The latest polls indicate that 80% of Americans believe in a God. This nation was founded and has always (until recent years) been a rule of the people… The majority rule. If the majority believe in a God, the minority who don’t should accept that they live in a nation that does and make way for the majority.

    Freedom of speech allows the minority the right to have their voices heard and not go silent, but changes in the fabric of a nation because those minorities are offended by 4 tiny words on currency supports the reputation outside our country that “America is the great melting pot of the world”.

    Not specifically atheists, but the minority constituents of America are unwinding the very fabric woven by our forefathers and our founding documents everyday.

    Civil rights should only go as far as the peoples process would allow. Why should the majority of this nation make way for the lesser? The needs of the many used to outweigh the needs of the few, however, today this is only the case as long as the few don’t have their feelings hurt or our nations history and present doesn’t question or offend their belief system.

    More civil rights means more government control over those civilians. Its a shame people don’t understand that anymore. The few use the government to rule the people, but the purpose of our democracy is that our people are to rule the government. Everyday this process gets weaker and weaker. Soon the socialistic government will be in place and the few will realize they have no more rights because those rights fought so hard for are now in the rule of the government.

    In God We Trust… Is it so hard to overlook? Is it so painful because it’s there? Is it so difficult to know that the majority of this nation doesn’t agree with you?

    Yes, its hard for the majority to accept it being removed because we are the majority, removing it doesn’t change our belief, it only weakens the democracy of America that which this nation was built on. Majority rules.

    God Bless America

  2. Meng Bomin says:

    I don’t care that much; it’s just an annoyance, but on your points “In God We Trust” does not come from our founding fathers, but from Cold War and the association of atheism and communism by our public policy makers.

    The fact that 80% of Americans are theists does not mean that the 20% who aren’t don’t count. We live in a country that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) promote any one set of religious beliefs over another and yet, that is exactly what “In God We Trust” and the addition of “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance does.

    Personally, I don’t think it’s a fight worth fighting, but I think that you are 100% wrong when you claim that this is about people disagreeing with me about the existence of God.

    May America continue to prosper regardless of God’s existence (or lack thereof).

  3. Bonaparte says:

    There’s this pretty amazing coin-holder that Canadians have been using for all their coins called Portsou™. It holds about 8 Presidential coins plus .25ct / .05 / .10 and pennies.

    Check it out

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