November 2, 2007 |
Some government announcements are so weird, you know there just has to be a story there. And in this case, there is. The United States Mint -- you know, the guys who make your money -- issued a news release this week declaring that $130 refunds were being offered to anyone who bought a 2004 Lewis and Clark commemorative coin that was accompanied by a handcrafted pouch produced by Ohio's Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band.
August 16, 2007 |
Most folks can correctly name George Washington as the nation's first president. After that, things get tricky. The U.S. Mint is hoping its new dollar coin series will help refresh some hazy memories about the names of Adams, Jefferson and the rest. That could be a tall order, however, given the results of a poll the Mint commissioned. According to the survey conducted by Gallup Organization, nearly all those questioned knew that Washington was the first president.
May 20, 2007 |
Fifty years ago, nine black students faced down a mob to integrate Little Rock Central High School. Now, they are being honored on a commemorative silver coin. The U.S. Mint introduced the coin Saturday at the NAACP's Daisy Bates Education Summit, which pays tribute to the Arkansas NAACP leader who served as advisor to the Little Rock Nine. One side of the $1 coin depicts a group of students being escorted by a soldier. It features the phrase "Desegregation in Education" and contains nine stars.
November 25, 2006
AS ANY SPORTS FAN knows, there's no better scientific method for settling a dispute than flipping a coin. As we hope the U.S. Mint knows, there's no better way to replace the outdated dollar bill than with the commemorative $1 coins introduced this week. The coins, which bear the images of U.S. presidents, are being touted as educational. But is there a numismatic hidden agenda? The Mint is discouraging any such speculation.
April 1, 2006 |
The U.S. Mint agreed to pay $9 million to female workers at its Denver plant who alleged their bosses demanded sex in exchange for promotions, harassed them, and retaliated when they complained. The deal must be approved by an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission judge. About 130 women could share in the settlement if it is approved, said Lynn Feiger, who represented the workers.
October 5, 2005 |
After nearly 100 years of depicting presidents in somber profile on the nation's coins, the U.S. Mint is trying something different: The 2006 nickel will feature Thomas Jefferson facing forward, with the hint of a smile. "It isn't a silly smile or a smirk, but a sense of optimism that I was trying to convey with the expression," said Jamie Franki, an art professor who created the design.