World Works with Mint to Change Currency
by Walt Disney World
Via its new
blog, Walt Disney World has announced that it is
participating in a pilot program to enter US $1
coins into circulation from retail and dining
locations in Epcot’s American Adventure and
Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.
Quoting it as a move towards the Disney-coined
environmentality iniative, the coins will be
distributed in lieu of ‘paper’ dollar bills as
The coin is a first in a series of Native
American dollars initiated by The Native
American $1 Coin Act (Public Law 110-82).
Released in January of 2009, the coin features
Sacagawea on the front with a annually-rotating
design on the reverse. The 2009 coin features a
woman planting seeds using the ‘Three Sisters’
method, which grows corn, beans and squash
together to enhance productivity of each of the
plants. The 2010 coin, for which the final
design has not yet been decided/announced, will
pay tribute to the Iroquois Confederation.
US $1 coins are certainly not new, but they have
repeatedly failed to make a dent in replacing
the dollar bill in circulation. In 2007, the US
Mint introduced a series of coins based on U.S.
Presidents which will continue through 2016.
In 1987, Canada completely replaced its paper $1
bill with a $1 coin which has earned the
nickname ‘loonie’ based on the appearance of the
common loon in its design. The country
subsequently also replaced its $2 bill with a
coin, which is nicknamed the ‘toonie.’
Interestingly enough, the U.S. still maintains
the $2 bill in circulation, although it’s not
printed nearly as much and is probably even more
rare than the $1 coin.