Wednesday, June 14, 2006

That Famous Suffragette, Sacagawea

Memo to the jackasses at Sportsnet, who’ve been proudly holding up the coin dug out of centre-ice in Raleigh earlier today, and declaring it a “Susan B Anthony dollar.”

It looked like the coin to the left, only stamped with the date 2000.

Here are three reasons you should've know you were wrong (other than, you know, fact-checking):

  1. The date on the coin you were holding up read 2000. Anthony dollars were only minted from 1979-81, and then briefly in 1999.
  2. The coin you were holding was gold coloured. The Anthony dollar was coated in nickel.
  3. The lady on the coin does not look like a late-19th century suffragette. That’s because she’s a Shosone Indian who acted as an intrepreter for Lewis and Clark. Susan looked a bit more severe:


At 3:34 AM, Blogger Man said...

Great poiny he should of focused on the game not the darn coin, which I thought was a Canadian Loon one dollar.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger d-lee said...

I haven't seen a picture, but everything that I've read indicates that it was a silver dollar, and there are several sources indicating that it was indeed a Susan B. Anthony.

Other reports from less reputable sources indicate that it was simply a novelty coin with no actual monetary value.

Do you have any linkage to a picture of the actual coin that was dug up?

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

I don't have a link, unfortunately, but they held it up on camera for a close-up. The coin they held up was a dull-gold 2000 Sacagawea.

I'd do a screen-capture, but I wasn't taping the post-game commentary on Sportsnet (anyone who's doing that should be locked-up).

Despite the best efforts of the Mint when they launched the new coin, I think that "Susan B Anthony" and "dollar coin" are synonymous. I could tell someone "I got a dollar coin for change today," and in classic broken-telephone fashion they might report to someone else that "Avi got a Susan B Anthony for change today." It's probably the only dollar coin most people know, which is odd given how poorly it was received at the time.

At 5:17 PM, Blogger d-lee said...

So the coin they were holding up was the actual coin that Smyth dug up?

I'm only pushing this because folks in Raleigh are saying that it was a silver dollar.

I beg to differ, by the way. Since dollar coins are circulated with such infrequency in the United States, people usually state exactly which kind of coin it was. We're not talking about state quarters here. If people mean Susan B Anthony, they will say so. If they mean Sacagawea, they will say so. If they mean the even more rare "silver dollar", they will say so.


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