From Yahoo! News:
What's with this, and the ridiculous number of "variant" quarters for the fifty states? When has anyone ever refused to take a quarter with an eagle on the back, and insisted the cashier go through the entire roll to find Minnesota to complete a collection?U.S. Mint to unveil presidential coins
WASHINGTON - Can George Washington and Thomas Jefferson succeed where Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea failed? The U.S. Mint is hoping America's presidents will win acceptance, finally, for the maligned dollar coin.
The public will get the chance to decide starting in February when the first of the new coins, bearing the image of the first president, is introduced.
Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are scheduled to grace the coin in 2007, with a different president appearing every three months.
The series will honor four different presidents per year, in the order they served in office. Each president will appear on only one coin, except for Grover Cleveland, who will be on two because he was the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms. To be depicted on a coin, a president must have been dead for at least two years.
And has the Mint ever considered that maybe the Sacajawea dollar had distribution problems, not problems with popularity? There was some incredibly strange deal where at first they were exclusive to Wal-Mart and the Post Office. Hmmm. Ever think that if you just release them like regular money and don't cancel them after a year (or was it two?), that maybe they can catch on?
It's just a little irritating that my tax dollars are going to fund not only designs for these new coins, but the stupidity that's driving the whole thing.