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Public Opinion and Coinage Changes


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Many times in U. S. history has the American public said "no" to any change in coinage. Introduction of a new denomination, medal or artistic style has received negative reviews from the public, like the Susan B. Anthony dollar, introduced in 1979. This attitude concerning coinage was not a novel one. Almost two hundred years before, there had been protests about the first Mint designs. Likewise, in the mid-19th century, cartoons lambasted the innovations of Mint Engraver James B. Longacre. Almost every change has caused waves of some sort. Such reactions are discussed in light of the history and taste of the time which formulates such perceptions and molds public opinion. Lecture with slides. Speaker(s): Cory Gillilland.
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