No matter one's opinion about their aesthetics, what a great project,
brought about by great people, to support four great entities. Twain may
have mocked the motto, but, if he were alive now, he'd buy out the whole
On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 5:48 PM, Cindy Lovell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I think they're beautiful, especially what
> they represent to the four non-profits that
> collaborated to get this extremely rare
> legislation passed. To honor Mark Twain in any
> fashion is a good thing, and to further honor
> him by generating badly needed revenue when
> donations are becoming fewer and fewer is
> especially important. Many artists submitted
> their work, all based on photos of SLC - many
> in which he is smoking a pipe just like the one
> pictured on the silver dollar. "In God We Trust"
> is required on all legal tender, regardless of the views
> of the individual being honored on the coin.
> Whether you love the look or hate the look,
> I implore all on this forum to recognize the good
> this does to keep our hero in the spotlight and
> provide badly needed support for four important
> entities that do all they can to preserve his
> Knee-jerk reaction over. This was a long, hard
> slog to victory, and I hope everyone on the forum
> buys a coin for some lucky grandchild somewhere.
> Cindy Lovell
> From: Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Peter Salwen
> Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 3:53 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: "Mark Twain" coins
> Aahh, those coins, at last. Fully up to (extremely low) expectations.
> Hideous portraits that seem to have employed a very poor (if rugged) Twain
> impersonator as the model, with the silver coin showing this compulsive
> *cigar* smoker with a *pipe* (more artistic," I guess).
> And, of course, the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" in great big letters. Anybody
> here remember what Twain had to say about that motto? From the notebooks:
> "It is simple, direct, gracefully phrased; it always sounds well -- In God
> We Trust. I don=3DC2=3DB4t believe it would sound any better if it were
> "The motto stated a lie. If this nation has ever trusted in God, that time
> has gone by; for nearly half a century almost its entire trust has been in
> the Republican party and the dollar -- mainly the dollar."
> Just musing . . . .
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