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Proposal for a New Dollar Coin Design for the United States:
"ONE DOLLAR BILL" on a Dollar Coin
US $1 Coin (obverse) Size comparison: $1 bill vs $1 coin US $1 Coin (reverse)

Basic design features:

One raised and embossed rectangle on both obverse and reverse depicting a reduced-proportion-sized United States One Dollar Federal Reserve Note (front and back, approximately 20 mm by 8.5 mm) in sufficient detail to visibly render:

the much-smaller portrait of George Washington;

the "1/ONE"'s at the corners;

the larger texts "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", "ONE DOLLAR", "FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE", "ONE", "IN GOD WE TRUST";

a genericized federal reserve bank seal (or a standard mintmark in its place);

the Great Seal with pyramid and eagle;

and perhaps illegible but clearly-recognizable depictions of serial numbers

centered on a standard-sized (26.5 mm diameter, 2 mm thickness) and standard-composition (Cu-Zn-Mn-Ni) US Dollar Coin, along with the usual inscriptions circling the inner rim and/or in blank spaces above and below:

obverse: "LIBERTY", "IN GOD WE TRUST", "20XX";

reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", "E PLURIBUS UNUM", "ONE DOLLAR".




Advantages:

* Backwards-compatible with current dollar coins for vending machines (re: Sacagawea dollar and Presidential series dollar, same size and composition)

* Radical yet simplistic design leads to very little chance of mistaking it for any other coin

* Tactility-easy to distinguish from other coins for the visually-impaired

* Depiction of the US One Dollar Bill on a coin makes it extremely clear as to what the coin represents and is intended to be used in lieu of

* Serves as a tangible and conceptual single-point connection between US metallic coinage and US paper currency

* Another and (hopefully) appropriate way to honor (1) George Washington as the principle founder of the United States, along with (2) honoring the US Dollar as the foundation of our modern economy and (3) honoring the long-lived and ubiquitous US One Dollar Bill itself (1929-____).

* Eventual acceptance can lead to a reduced demand for actual paper One Dollar Bills


Potential disadvantages:

* Inappropriate design for coinage of larger denominations of currency (risk of subsequent confusion with the original Dollar Bill on Dollar Coin design, unless only the One Dollar Bill itself is ultimately represented in this way)

* Greater difficulty in distinguishing "heads" from "tails" (vs other coins) when viewed from a distance

* A slight resemblance to the reverse of the former design of the Lincoln Penny (i.e., the Lincoln Memorial)

* Competition with the currently running Presidential Series Dollar Coins (unless the design is adopted only after the series ends c. 2016-2018)



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