jfitzpatrick at January 13th, 2014 13:40 — #1
wilsontp at January 13th, 2014 14:00 — #2
That makes sense.
Historically, a king's face would be printed on the coin of the realm, and the US government was specifically set up to avoid any semblance of monarchy. The fact that we call our president "Mister President," rather than "Your Excellency," is a prime example of that.
So it makes sense to prohibit the printing of living persons on money: to put a living figure's face on money, since that's something you only do with kings.
iszi at January 13th, 2014 14:48 — #3
I believe I recall either reading or otherwise learning that same reasoning in a history class. I'm actually a little surprised that it wasn't included in the trivia article. Perhaps if we could find an authoritative source to back it up?
wilsontp at January 13th, 2014 15:03 — #4
That's a good question... apparently, George Washington himself declined the honor when the first US coins were being minted, and the tradition held until it was codified into law.
wirenab at January 13th, 2014 15:49 — #5
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bigaldepr48 at January 17th, 2014 10:31 — #6
I believe this was law was created to prevent what is commonly seen in dictatorships (North Korea for example) where the leader puts his face everywhere. This would give a living person an unfair political/social/financial advantage, as it would appear that they were endorsed by the government. It also prevents embarrassment should that person fall from grace, such as Lance Armstrong. Companies could not get his picture off of their products fast enough.
straspey at January 17th, 2014 12:21 — #7
At one time, the face of Catherine Deneuve - the beautiful French actress - was the official face of some French stamps and coins...and may still be at this time.
While I certainly have nothing against having the authoritative likenesses of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln on our American currency - somehow, the artist in me can't help imagining...
Or maybe -
I can tell you one thing...I'd save a lot more money that way.
jfitzpatrick at January 23rd, 2014 13:40 — #8
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