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Ireland Flubs James Joyce Coin

But decides to release it anyway

(Newser) - The Central Bank of Ireland has decided not to sweat the misquote marring its commemorative James Joyce coin. The bank has released the coin, wart and all, the Irish Times reports. The 10-euro coin features two sentences from the third chapter of Ulysses streaming from Joyce's head. The actual... More »

Wills, Kate on Souvenir Coin: 'Chunky,' 'Barely Recognizable'

Kate's got fat lip; prince looks like 'Elvis'

(Newser) - Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement is being commemorated with an official coin—but the engravings of the royal couple leave something to be desired, NPR reports.
  • “Maybe the task of designing the special £5 coin in a month made it difficult to capture Miss Middleton's beauty,
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Coin in This Year's Super Bowl Is Out of This World

Literally—it was on Atlantis spaceflight

(Newser) - By the time the coin in this year's Super Bowl lands heads or tails tonight, it will have more than 4 million miles under its belt, reports Space.com . The gold-plated coin accompanied shuttle Atlantis on its 11-day mission in November, and is the first to have flown in space... More »

Jazz Great Ellington Will Grace DC Quarter

Capital honors native son with commemorative coin

(Newser) - Late jazz legend Duke Ellington has been chosen to appear on the District of Columbia's commemorative quarter, CNN reports. The composer and performer, a DC native who died in 1975, beat out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and surveyor and astronomer Benjamin Banneker in a vote of the capital's residents. Ellington becomes... More »

Lincoln Penny Gets a Redesign

Commemorative issue marks Lincoln's 200th birthday, and the coin's 100th

(Newser) - The US Mint today unveiled four new designs that will adorn the back of the Lincoln penny next year to commemorate the bicentennial of Honest Abe’s birth, CNNMoney reports. The classic portrait of the 16th president will remain on the heads side. The reverse will depict scenes from Lincoln’... More »

First Braille Coin Unveiled

Silver dollar celebrates 200th birthday of creator of blind alphabet

(Newser) - The US Mint unveiled the first coin bearing readable Braille letters yesterday. The silver dollar features the letters "Brl," code for Braille, and honors the 200th birthday of the eponymous creator of the alphabet for the blind, the AP reports. "This is going to put Braille in... More »

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