Monday, October 19, 2009

funny money

Good Lord, what have they done to the penny?

I just found one of ol' Abe sitting on a log and it was so shiny and hideous I thought it was Canadian.

17 comments:

Mike W. said...

Given the plummeting dollar Canadian currency is looking good...

Jeffrey Quick said...

I think that all these commemorative issues are designed to make us flexible about what money is. "Look, it says it's money!", even if it sort of isn't. That way, when they print the billion dollar notes in a couple of years, we'll be more accepting.

Anonymous said...

Huh, I was hoping for a fifth penny which had him slumped in a chair in the theatre.

:D

Eric said...

That last one looks like a missile is being launched from the dome!

Joanna said...

I like the new coin designs, from the quarter on down. Say whatever you want about the Euro economies themselves, they did always have pretty currency.

Remotely, RX said...

Yeah, but the US never, ever had paper money that looked like candy-bar wrapers or coiln that looke dlike casino tokens, until now. It's sad.

WV: "bredias!" How do it know?

DixieLaurel said...

After the Bredalucion, what will the money look like?

Anonymous said...

As I said when a friend first noticed them; yes they look goofy, just be glad they don't have Obama on them.

Crotalus said...

When the new Amero takes over, it will have Obama and the presidents of Canada and Mexico on it. Now THERE'S an image that's horrible to contemplate!

Did it MY way said...

I thought they were going to dicontinue the penny

See Ya

Anonymous said...

I understand the new nickel is going to have Jefferson whipping his slaves.

griznatz said...

Anyone know if "In God We Trust" is still on the front? Seems to me, Libs would think this to be the perfect time to get rid of that ol' bothersome Un-PC saying.

Mike

EmmaPeel said...

I think they are issuing new coins so it is easier for them to remove the older more valuable coins from circulation.

B.S. philosopher said...

The new penny is exactly the same as the older post-'82 penny in composition. In other words, mostly zinc with a bit of copper plating.

All of the old "valuable" silver coins were almost gone from circulation by the end of the 1960's, since the change from silver to cupro-nickel occurred in '64.
It's also illegal to melt pre '82 pennies down for their copper value as of 2006.


It's about time that coinage design changes. We've had the same basic design on most circulating coinage for 60 or more years and the sizes on some coins, like the penny for almost 150.

In the 19th ceture coinage design changed frequently.

RevolverRob said...

It's ugly. The copper content goes down on pennies every year, too.

Frankly, I won't be impressed with coinage change, until it's genuine silver and gold again.

-Rob

Joanna said...

Yes, it still says "In God We Trust." No, they're not trying to get us ready for a one-world currency (or whatever). It's just a redesign.

Why do people look for little boogeymen when the big ones are so patently obvious, and much less convoluted?

Ken said...

All the new coins look like Chuck. E. Cheese tokens to me.