Reagan, Grant, Roosevelt, and Currency

Republican legislators are looking for another memorial for former President Ronald Reagan: put his face on US currency. They’ve encountered resistance for two denominations that have been suggested so far: the dime (displacing Franklin D. Roosevelt) and the $50 bill (displacing Ulysses S. Grant).

I can see Reagan’s visage on a piece of US currency, but I think forcing a currently-honored citizen off of something sends the wrong message. The treasury should issue a new denomination of currency for this purpose. I’d recommend the Ronald Reagan $20,000 bill as the appropriate way to go. $200 or $2,000 would be too common for the task. But a $20,000 bill would make sure that the people encountering the Reagan bill were truly among those who Reagan’s policies were intended to benefit most.

Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

6 thoughts on “Reagan, Grant, Roosevelt, and Currency

  • 2010/03/05 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful sentiment, beautifully expressed. GOOPers need to realize that Ronnie was not a saint – and get over it.

  • 2010/03/05 at 6:10 pm

    St Ronnie the Senile

  • 2010/03/07 at 7:39 am

    I was thinking new currency, too!

    How about a $3 bill?

  • 2010/03/07 at 9:50 am

    The penny might be appropriate, considering the illusion that it is made of copper. Plus, that would provide a good reason to go ahead and drop its minting.

  • 2010/03/10 at 6:12 pm

    If we put Reagan on coin or currency then we need to get Howard Taft there too. At least Taft also served as Chief Justice.

    These decisions are best left to people 50+ years hence. So let’s see what the sentiment is in the 2030’s on any changes.

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