Mint to D.C.: Leave It On Your License Plates
Wow, that was fast.
The U.S. Mint pretty much set a government speed
record in rejecting the District government's
proposal to put the words "Taxation Without
Representation" on the D.C. quarter that will be
issued as part of the 50 States coin program.
Mayor Adrian Fenty's in-your-face proposal "does
not comply with the law that authorizes the D.C.
commemorative quarter-dollar coin," the Mint
says in a statement just issued.
"Changing how the District of Columbia (the Seat
of Government of the United States ) is
represented in Congress is a contemporary
political issue on which there presently is no
national consensus and over which reasonable
Although the United States Mint expresses no
position on the merits of this issue, we have
determined that the proposed inscription is
clearly controversial and, therefore,
inappropriate as an element of design for United
Those of you who took part in my contest this
morning to predict when and how the Mint would
stuff the city mainly named dates in March and
April. Although no one predicted an instant
response like we've now seen, I am awarding the
prize to "The Cosmic Avenger," who wrote that
"the Mint will wait a few days before the
deadline for the design is due, then the letter
will say, in brief, 'Congress holds our purse
strings, and they say 'Get bent'." Cosmic,
please shoot me an email with your contacts and
I'll get your prize out to you.
A letter to the D.C. government from Cynthia
Vitelli, assistant director of external
relations for the Mint, invites the District to
submit new ideas for the coin's design. The Mint
statement says it "looks forward to working with
District officials to develop narratives that
will lead to a quarter honoring the District of
Columbia of which the entire Nation can be