Fillmore sales hit the gas?
by Dave Harper
Fillmore gets his dollar coin. The official
beginning of sales by the Mint of 25-coin rolls
is noon Eastern Time.
How many Americans hearing the 13th President’s
name without any other context provided would
even identify him as an American President?
He sounds more like the guy who owns the gas
station on the corner. He would have a nickname,
“Phil,” and would have suffered no end of gags
with his name relating to “Filling” the tank.
That would make him either the most
happy-go-lucky fellow in the neighborhood or the
meanest, depending on how he handled the
lifetime of jokes.
And don’t get him started on what the kids did
to his first name in his youth.
But the facts are unalterable. He wasn’t a gas
station owner. He was President of the United
States, taking the office following the death
Zachary Taylor in 1850. He was not elected in
his own right.
Rolls of the dollar coins are $35.95 each from
either Philadelphia or Denver, plus $4.95 per
order for shipping and handling.
Visit the Mint’s Web site at www.usmint.gov for
Yes, I know I am not doing the 13th President’s
reputation any good with these comments, but
then again I might be because more people will
probably better remember “Phil” at the gas
station than Millard Fillmore, President of the
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