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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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LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Thanks LilSass!
LilSass LilSass 9 years
Just for the record, that's our PREVIOUS mayor, Anthony Williams. Our current mayor is a much hotter young black man who sports a bow tie as well ;-)
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
Wait, why is "Taxation without Representation" on currency controversial when it is an undisputed fact but "In God we trust" isn't controversial when I have no trust or faith in any God?
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I agree The City Girl. It's been a non-issue since 1801!
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
I think it's outrageous that the people of DC have no representation. I'm on staff for a Senator and it's amazing how many calls we get every day asking for help from our constituents on so many issues from social services to education, to healthcare. People in DC don't have this resource and it's totally unfair. Also, aside from calls pertaining to casework, we get numerous calls from frustrated people in our district who need to vent to their Senator about a legislative issue. In turn, he can share their concerns in the Senate by introducting a bill, so that their voices are heard and answered. My point in all this is, people really DO use and need our office in their daily lives as Americans! I can't believe that the people--Americans--in DC don't have this right. It's also shocking that it's gone on for so long.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
It certainly is a human rights issue, everyone should be allowed to have the right representation. I don't think they will allow them to do it, but it's a good idea. I'm from DC, this reminds me that it's been ages since I haven't been there!
stephley stephley 9 years
People who live in a democratic society but are denied the right to vote do have a valid 'human rights' complaint. And why not put in on the currency? If as a nation we're okay with the way things are, and apparently we are or it would change, why not proudly proclaim it?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I love it on the license plates but it is a little controversial for currency. I'm pretty sure its a political issue, and there's enough other awesome shit linked to DC that can be on our quarter! For instance, how about a fruit loop! :)
janneth janneth 9 years
Come on, you can't put stuff like that on currency!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
We already whine on our license plates and nobody gives a shit. Why bother with the quarter? Maybe if a Dem gets in as Pres, we'll have a chance. But I would not call this a human rights issue. I tend to think of human rights as like, not being wrongly imprisoned. Perhaps my view of it is too narrow.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I think it's a human rights issue to have to live in Washington D.C.
philleif philleif 9 years
Silver is the 25 anniversary, so it's a little late :(
onabanana onabanana 9 years
I agree!
stephley stephley 9 years
I think it's a human rights issue and yes, the citizens of D.C. should have full rights and representation. The Mint should put Taxation without Representation on the quarter as a statement of fact-it is what it is.
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