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Montroville Dickeson

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" Certain it is, that they are the representatives and memorials of an epoch in American State coinage, when subjective relations had been succeeded by those of entire independence, and the Goddess of Liberty, adopted on the reverse of the coins, could be symbolized and worshipped without reproach or fear."


Montroville Wilson Dickeson

The American Numismatic Manual

Philadelphia 1859


Maybe I should have posted this in the Water Cooler.



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Not only a difficult post to have a meaningful follow up, it's also a rather difficult post to make sense of.

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In a nutshell, Dickeson was saying that any representation of Liberty would be a fine and appropriate choice for our coinage.


Personally, I hate seeing dead Americans on our circulating coinage. The 25c piece, especially, should get a new motif -- especially in honor of GW.



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