Last week I remarked about the cent sign now appearing on some U.S. coins.
Gary Dunaier writes:
"Regarding the Edith Kanaka?ole quarter's face value being expressed as "25¢:"
"Yes, it's the first time we're seeing it shown that way. But it's not the first time numerals were used to indicate the value. The Draped Bust and Capped Bust quarters from 1804 to 1838 were denominated "25 C."
"Two of the 2024 American Woman quarters will also have the value expressed as "25¢" - Celia Cruz, as already mentioned, and Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray. But the other three (Patsy Takemoto Mink, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Zitkala-Ša) will have another U.S. coinage first - they'll be denominated "25 CENTS."
"Technically, 2024 will be the first year since 1892 that the U.S. will not be issuing any "quarter dollars.""
Wayne Pearson passed along some images of coins with the "25 C", "50 C" and "50 CENTS" denominations.
"Concerning the denomination on the quarters,
this is part of PL116-330. If I read it correctly they said the denomination would be on the obverse. I highlighted it in blue.
They are just referred to as quarter dollars, but 25¢, while different, does equal a quarter. It looks a little cheesy-but it does make it stand out.
‘‘(1) REDESIGN OF QUARTER DOLLARS BEGINNING IN 2022.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Effective beginning January 1, 2022, notwithstanding the fourth sentence of subsection (d)(1) and subsection (d)(2), the Secretary of the Treasury shall issue quarter dollars that have designs on the reverse selected in accordance with this subsection which are emblematic of the accomplishment of a prominent American woman. ‘‘(B) FLEXIBILITY WITH REGARD TO PLACEMENT OF INSCRIPTIONS.—Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1), the Secretary may select a design for quarter dollars referred to in subparagraph (A) in which— ‘‘(i) the inscription described in the second sentence of subsection (d)(1) appears on the reverse side of any such quarter dollar; and ‘‘(ii) any of the inscriptions described in the third sentence of subsection (d)(1) or the designation of the value of the coin appear on the obverse side of any such quarter dollar. ‘‘"
Beginning with the state quarters, lawmakers updated a number of mandates that would free up more design space on coins, including allowing inscriptions to appear on the edge. Having seen nothing but "Quarter Dollar" for years, I assumed that had been enshrined by one of these laws. But apparently the Mint and its designers have flexibility in how the denomination is expressed, and various formats come and go, albeit slowly.
John Phipps writes:
"You mention seeing "25¢" on the Edith Kanaka'ole quarter and wondering where that came from. I noticed it too. And had similar thoughts on the "$1" on the Presidential Dollars, the Native American Dollars and the American Innovation Dollars. I probably have over thought this too much but this is my conclusion.
Our culture is changing every day. A current changing trend is toward the more casual. For example business wear to Casual Fridays (and casual everyday), jeans being worn everywhere, less "yes ma'am" and "no sir" and more "yeah" and "not problem," museums with fewer exhibits of "the great man" and more exhibits of the common or everyday man, doctors and ministers being referred to by their first names, etc. So my conclusion is the this trend to casualness has influenced coin artist and designers from the more formal "ONE DOLLAR" and "QUARTER DOLLAR to the more casual "$1" and "25¢.""
Thanks everyone, for your 2 CENTS worth.
To read the complete article, see:
KANAKA‘OLE QUARTER CLASHED DIE VARIETY
Wayne Homren, Editor
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