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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 49, November 26, 2000, Article 8

U.S. MINT POLICE STAGECOACH IN PARADE 

   Speaking of stages, viewers watching Thursday's New York 
   City Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were treated to the 
   sight of a special U.S. Mint float promoting the 50 States 
   Quarter series.  Atop the float was an antique U.S. Mint 
   Police stagecoach from the Denver Mint.  And atop the 
   stagecoach (I am not making this up...) was singer 
   Tito Puente, Jr, belting out (or was it lip-syncing?) a tune. 
   You don't see THAT every day... 

   A search of the U.S Mint web site turned up a press 
   release for last year's Macy's parade.  Then, the float 
   was promoting the Sacagawea dollar coin. 

   "November 25, 1999 - The U.S. Mint became the first 
   government agency to sponsor a float in the 73rd Annual 
   Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Approximately 60 
   million viewers were able to catch a glimpse of the new 
   Golden Dollar featuring Sacagawea, only one week after 
   coin production began at The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. 
   The Golden Dollar coin float, sporting a Denver Mint 
   antique stagecoach, glided majestically from New York City's 
   Central Park toward Herald Square. Actors dressed in 
   vintage U.S. Mint Police uniforms escorted the coach and 
   five-foot replicas of the Golden Dollar..." 

   To find the full press release and see a picture of the 
   stagecoach float, go to http://www.usmint.gov/ and enter 
   "stagecoach" in the search box. 

   And while it has nothing to do with numismatics, a related 
   story from USA Today shows what can happen when parade 
   floats run amok:  "Meanwhile a woman who is seeking damages 
   from the city and Macy's after she was injured during the store's 
   1997 Thanksgiving Day Parade has sued five more defendants 
   for $10 million because of the accident. 

   Maria Clohessy, 47, of Pearl River, N.Y., was one of four 
   people injured when the Cat in the Hat balloon crashed into a 
   street lamp at 72nd Street and Central Park West because of 
   high winds." (23 November, 2000).  Oh, the humanity!!! 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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