Special Quarter Makes Sense To Lawmakers

Call it quartermania.

Rep. Michael Castle’s proposal to mint quarters commemorating the 50 states is picking up steam. It won the crucial support of Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin on Friday.

Congress still must pass legislation, but already there’s talk in Illinois of putting Chicago Bull Michael Jordan on the back of the two-bits, opposite George Washington. The Chicago Tribune speculated on its front page about immortalizing the basketball hero in coin.

New York Assemblyman Jack McEneny, a historian, said state seals would make quarters look too much like state coinage. He favors the Statue of Liberty or Niagara Falls for New York.

Whatever Wisconsin chooses, it won’t be a cow, said state Rep. Marlin Schneider. “I think we’ve milked that for all its worth.”


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