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Washington, DC Submits Designs For New Quarter

Yesterday, the mayor of Washington, submitted three proposals to the US Mint for its new quarter to be released in 2009. All three quarter designs would include DC's motto: "Taxation Without Representation" to reflect DC's lack of congressional voting rights. In fact, today marks the anniversary of DC officially coming under direct legislative control of the US Congress in 1801.



The three proposals advocate using — the “Stars and Bars” of the District flag, which came from the Washington family crest; astronomer and abolitionist Benjamin Banneker; or the jazz icon, and native son, Duke Ellington.

Although included in all three submissions, is unlikely that "Taxation Without Representation" will be included, as the Mint considers controversial or political subjects inappropriate. Do you think the motto is a political issue or a human rights issue? Should DC's quarter represent the widespread and enduring sentiment among DC's residents?

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