June 10, 1998 |
Sacajawea, or at least the spirit of the Native American guide, was picked by a federal advisory panel to replace Susan B. Anthony in Americans' pockets. The panel voted 6 to 1 to recommend to Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin that the new dollar coin bear the image of "Liberty, represented by a Native American woman, inspired by Sacajawea and other Native American women."
May 25, 2000 |
In March, the U.S. Mint introduced its new Sacajawea Golden Dollar with a series of ads featuring a studly, modern-day George Washington. George, an animated coin face on a real actor's body, pays for a bunch of stuff with the new dollar coin, which has been enlarged to saucer-size for the TV audience. "It's money," he explains coolly in the spot. Well, it looks like the swingin' Georgie ads (which have nothing to do with Sacajawea, but that's another story) may have worked too well.
December 7, 1998 |
Sacajawea, the Shoshone teenager who accompanied explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Pacific Ocean almost two centuries ago, gazes serenely from a proposed design for the new dollar coin. The design is among six finalists for the gold-colored coin that Americans will find in their pockets starting in 2000.
March 20, 2000 |
Philip N. Diehl, director of the U.S. Mint, leaves no doubt that he thinks the new "golden dollar" coin has made a glittering debut. Now, he just needs to get Americans to spend it. "The coin is such a hot product that people are holding and seeking big quantities of them," he said. But Diehl hopes to get Americans in the habit of making change with the golden dollar.
July 30, 1998 |
The face on the new dollar coin will be that of Liberty, but with features "inspired by Sacajawea," the famous Indian guide, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. The choice won praise for widely differing reasons, but Rep. Michael N. Castle (R-Del.) said he will fight it in favor of the Statue of Liberty, which he called "the greatest and most recognizable symbol of freedom worldwide." He has introduced a bill that would overturn Treasury Secretary Robert E.
March 23, 1993 |
Once Congress sets its sights on saving money, there is no telling where the effort may lead. Now a bipartisan contingent on Capitol Hill hopes changing the dollar itself can save taxpayers hundreds of millions of bucks a year. The idea is to replace the familiar old dollar bill with a shiny new dollar coin. "It's a money saver," said Rep. Esteban E. Torres (D-Pico Rivera), who is co-sponsoring the legislation in the House with Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.).