It’s still ‘A Penny For My Thoughts,’ but it’ll cost you a buck to get me to shut up.
My chiropractor recently got stuck with a coin that wasn’t a Canadian $1 Loonie, so he stuck me with the job of finding out just what it was.
I didn’t have my eyes glasses with me when I went in. It’s difficult to lie face-down on the torture table with them on. I could make out what appeared to be an indigenous person on it, and the wife said that she could read the word ‘Dollar’ on it, but places like Ecuador, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, Timor, Micronesia, Australia, and New Zealand all have dollars. I had to wait till I got home and used a magnifying glass, and the son’s jeweler’s loupe. Then I dove into a maelstrom of unfettered hype and promotion.
This was an American Sacajawea, or Native American dollar. Since 2000, for 20 years the American Mint has produced them. They first came out for collectors only, but in 2002 they went into general circulation. Each obverse (heads) side, with Sacajawea and papoose, is identical, but the reverse (tails) sides are all different. In 2009 they removed the date, and the mint mark, but the arrows identify this as a 2010 version.
This coin has no edge milling – little grooves. I understood that, from 2009, there was supposed to be words engraved on the edge, yet this one is plain and bare. Close examination of the edge shows that it is an Oreo coin. Both flat sides are a manganese-brass golden color – which quickly dulls. The ‘filling’ is a cheap ugly copper. As an American coin, it is medal-struck, that is, its front and back are upside-down compared to each other. Canadian coins are coin-struck, with the top of both front and back being adjacent, along the edge
These coins were produced at the same time as a series of Presidential Dollars, both intended to bring in Mint revenue from gullible collectors. The results of the 2008 financial slump may still be being felt. Initial productions of millions per year, have dropped to mere thousands.
Americans in general may be poorer, but the bureaucrats are no less dumb. Some coin collector nuts aren’t poor, but they still seem dumb. A pristine, untouched exemplar of this coin recently sold on Etsy for $23,000 US. Someone said that, if the Government were put in charge of the Sahara, within five years there would be a shortage of sand. It is no wonder that things like Black Lives Matter spring up. This coin has the Indian word ‘Haudenosamee’ on it. This means ‘Longhouse dwellers,’ …. in New York and Ontario Iroquois. Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshone who guided Lewis and Clarke after she met them in North Dakota, 1500 miles away. 😳 Details, details. 🙄
I won’t guide you astray if I ask you to come back in a couple of days. Please remember to bring a dollar or two with you. We’ll be having a Telethon. Your donations can help stamp out verbosity. 😉 😆