Sunday, January 21, 2007

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

New dollar coin to debut in Houston, Chicago | - Houston Chronicle: "The eyes of third- and fourth-graders may grow as wide as silver dollars next week when a bewigged and costumed 'living biographer' of George Washington strides into Poe Elementary to tout the U.S. Mint's new dollar coin, the first in a series honoring the nation's presidents.

The Houston children will be among the first Americans to view the coin, which is set to begin circulating Feb. 15. The coin, featuring the likeness of Washington on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the back, also will be unveiled in Chicago.

In approving the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, Congress lauded the program as an educational aid for the American public, many of whom, leaders contended, are unfamiliar with presidential history. The program is modeled loosely after the series of 25-cent pieces that featured the nation's states."

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