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"Godless" coins in circulation

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]amethyst_hunter)

I find this rather amusing:

U.S. Mint Goof Creates 'Godless Dollars'
By JOANN LOVIGLIO
AP

PHILADELPHIA (March 8) - An unknown number of new George Washington dollar coins were mistakenly struck without their edge inscriptions, including "In God We Trust," and made it past inspectors and into circulation, the U.S. Mint said Wednesday.

The properly struck dollar coins, bearing the likeness of George Washington, are inscribed along the edge with "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum" and the year and mint mark. They went into circulation Feb. 15.

The mint struck 300 million of the coins, which are golden in color and slightly larger and thicker than a quarter.

About half were made in Philadelphia and the rest in Denver. So far the mint has only received reports of error coins coming from Philadelphia, mint spokeswoman Becky Bailey said.

Bailey said it was unknown how many coins didn't have the inscriptions. Ron Guth, president of Professional Coin Grading Service, one of the world's largest coin authentication companies, said he believes that at least 50,000 error coins were put in circulation.

"The first one sold for $600 before everyone knew how common they actually were," he said. "They're going for around $40 to $60 on eBay now, and they'll probably settle in the $50 range."

Production of the presidential dollar entails a "new, complex, high-volume manufacturing system" that the mint will adjust to eliminate any future defects, the mint said in a statement.

"We take this matter seriously. We also consider quality control a high priority. The agency is looking into the matter to determine a possible cause in the manufacturing process," the statement said.

The coin's design has already spurred e-mail conspiracy theories claiming that the religious motto was purposely omitted from the Washington dollars. That rumor may have started because the edge lettering cannot be seen in head-on photographs of the coins.

The Washington dollars are the first in a series of presidential coins slated to run until 2016. After Washington, the presidents to be honored on dollar coins this year will be John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Bailey said the striking of the Adams coin, expected to roll out in mid-May, will proceed as planned.

"We are adjusting the manufacturing process to try to eliminate the problems," she said.


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2007-03-07 14:36:07

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LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]mhael) So I got a nifty letter in the mail from a church the other day that I had to post. It follows behind the cut,


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Who is Mailing Magic Hankies?

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]einatlanta)

Here's a link to information on Saint Matthew's Church, the mailer of magical paper hankies and prayer rugs. They've obviously stepped up efforts; I've got three postings (including the last one here) about this on my f-list right now.

http://www.modemac.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/St._Matthew's_Churches

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Ann Coulter Can "Understand" Domestic Terrorism

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]nebris)

Blood Lust At "Reclaiming America For Christ" Conference

Current Mood: Oh, boy...
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Forthcoming Flick has Religious Right Leader Worried

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]nebris)

"Longtime antiabortion activist Steve Ertelt, editor of Life News, is worried about the forthcoming release of Tony Kaye's documentary film Lake of Fire. Due for release in October following a series of appearances at film fests, Lake of Fire is a 152 minute documentary on the politics of abortion in the United States. The apparent source of Ertelt's concern is that the film features a side of the antiabortion movement he would rather us not see: religiously inspired domestic terrorism."

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2007/2/22/3124/50379/

Current Mood: thoughtful
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"Magic Hankies" and this community

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

I had to go home with the flu today. And guess what I found in my mailbox? If you guess 'a begging letter with a 'magic hankie' in it,' you win.

Looks like these folks did a huge mailing of them all over the country. Mine said 'resident', so I know that I didn't end up on somebody's beggarlist.

I'll bet their bank account is really hurting- that thing weighs a lot more than a standard first class letter.

But I digress. I noted two posts about these things, and while the commentary about them in the first post ranged from amusing to outrageous, it really doesn't have anything to do with the main purpose of this community. I came close to deleting them, but decided that there was too much amusing and insightful commentary in them to do so. Just stay away from bashing, please.

I could go into a long diatribe about magical objects and their proper preparation or another equally long diatribe about how ultimately useless and downright silly and even sacrilegious such things are, but I am certain that the collective brainpower in this board could come up with arguments for both sides.

I have several new mods on board learning the ropes. This is an excellent exercise for all of us- and the guiding question should be: How does this tie in with the real purpose of this community? Is this something that could be better snarked about on our own journals? Is it necessary to bunnyhunt the resources? I don't think so. I am sure they'll get all sorts of backlash- and a pile of money from the gullible and superstitious.

There will always be religiously spattered 'outreach' to the weak and vulnerable. I personally think that things like this are a travesty of what Christ taught, and if he has one of these silly, poorly created things, he's drying tears with them. His words are being used to exploit the very people who should be helped. That church could do a lot more good by sending out offers to come to classes about financial (and reality) management, not offering a hokey little quark-attractor.

I'll admit that I am curious: who all got one? Just name your state, or if it has several major cities, your city. If someone knows what the bulk mail rate is, we could calculate how much money this organization wasted sending out magic hankies rather than helping the poor like Christ taught.

That is all I want to say about this. It isn't "Christian", that's for sure.

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