From adding President Reagan to Mount Rushmore to replacing persons on our present bills and coins with him, which of these would be the most appropriate way to honor the memory of one of our nation's greatest presidents?
fter thorough discussion and debate, I'm sure our nation will be able to reach a decision which both honors President Reagan's memory and respects his family's wishes. Jay D. Dyson's idea
for changing one of our current bills, although I like it a lot, probably couldn't overcome the expected objections against replacing any bill's portrait that citizens are accustomed to seeing. (Perhaps as an alternative, circulate a new bill—like a $200 one.) With regard to Mount Rushmore, if an additional carving is technically feasible I'd definitely support that.
My own idea is to bring back the $20 Gold "Double Eagle" coin that was circulated right after the 1849 California Gold Rush until its redesign in 1907, but with President Reagan's likeness on the front:
His likeness is taken from a photograph of him standing with Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez (whom President Reagan awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to in 1981), found on the Valor Remembered Foundation's Web site
. Sergent Benavidez, who devoted his life to helping America's youth reach their own highest potential, passed away on November 29, 1998. The non-profit Foundation
established in his name carries on his work.
This is just one of what I'm sure will be many ideas citizens are going to be discussing. (About.com's Basic U.S. Coin Facts and AustinCoins.com's US Mint History have more information about past and current coins.)
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