This one has had me wondering for a while now. They recently (temporarily) redesigned the American penny (one cent piece). They did the same thing with the nickel (five cent piece for you non-Americans;)). We all know about the state quarters program. But they haven’t done anything with the dime at all yet.
<mini-rant>And it has me hurt. Allow me to explain. The American dime has the picture of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on it. And I have been a fan of FDR at least since my 8th grade. He did alot of good, and literally redesigned the presidency and forever changed America’s role in the world. And I have been a Democrat all my life. So I have to wonder if the fact FDR was a Democrat has anything to do with it. True, Jefferson (on the nickel) was in the party that became the Democratic party. But he was a founding father too. So it is no surprise even conservatives like him too.</mini-rant>
Whew, I am glad I got all that off my chest:). Now, this is the GQ. So kindly disregard my mini-rant, and answer my question please.
And as always, thank you in advance to all who reply:)
I don’t want them to redesign the dime! It’s based on a sculpture by Selma Burke, who was denied credit for years because she was African American. The initials JS are included in the design. John Sinnock was the chief engraver of the mint, and was given the official credit. The whole story is one of institutional racism, ability and talent winning out, stolen glory, and final vindication. What “spiffy” new design can compete with that?