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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 10, March 9, 2008, Article 16

CORRECTION: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COIN NOT A "STATE" QUARTER

Wayne K. Schroll writes: "The 2009, six quarter-dollar coins
to be issued by the U.S. Mint (District of Columbia and the
five United States Territories) are not part of the 50 State
Quarters Program as stated in the Washington Post articles,
which they sometimes refer to as the "50 States coin program".
These six coins comprise 'The District of Columbia and United
States Territories Quarter Program', a new program from the
U.S. Mint.

The following links from the US Mint are clear:
Fifty States Quarters Program
DC and Teritories

"Philosophically speaking, I have to wonder about the choice
'Taxation Without Representation', when in fact the popular
colonial slogan coined by Boston's Jonathan Mayhew was
'No Taxation Without Representation'.  The difference seems
significant."

[These programs are closely linked in the public eye, but
it is surprising that the Washington Post would have gotten
it wrong.  I had to reread the article before I caught the
reference.  Earlier in the article the report called the coin
simply, the "soon-to-be-minted D.C. quarter".  I was careful
to put the word "state" in quotes in my introduction.  But I
have a feeling that correcting the public and the media on
the distinction is as fruitless as correcting use of the word
"penny" in reference to the U.S. cent.  We feel obligated to
do it, yet come away with a headache from repeatedly bashing
the same target again and again.

Thanks for pointing out the origin and nuance of the proposed
taxation slogan.  I guess one could argue that in D.C. today
residents are already IN a "state" of Taxation Without
Representation, and that the slogan is meant to call attention
to their plight.  "No Taxation Without Representation" would
be more of a call-to-action slogan than a situation description.
-Editor]

 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S QUARTER CONUNDRUM
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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