DC Quarter: Design The Coin, Win A Prize
On this plantation, every once in a great while the overseers toss us a morsel of freedom. We don't get a vote in Congress, but we're permitted to protest our status on our license plates. We're subjected to every whim of any lunatic congressman who has a social experiment in mind that he'd never inflict on his own constituents, but we are allowed to raise our own taxes, and we do so with a vengeance.
Now, in the same year in which Congress rejected once again the idea of the District having representation in the House, we're getting a Christmas gift from the Hill: Washington is going to have its very own quarter, a coin of our own just like the big states got. Except that we get lumped with a bunch of territories that our country bought or took--the likes of Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico. Ouch.
But hey, it's a real quarter--legal tender and all. So now we have to figure out what to put on our quarter. Everybody and his brother is running a contest to see what image ought to be on the back of our coin. The folks at washingtonpost.com are running an unscientific survey here, but it's got the stench of something put together by editors (sorry, guys, but Tai-Shan the panda, Dan Snyder, the Watergate and the Washington Monument? Shockingly, the panda is not in last place in that survey.)
Here at the big blog, we've got a different approach. You propose the image that ought to be on the new coin. Our crack staff of judges will choose the most creative and persuasive proposal. The winner's image will be given to an artist who will produce a reasonably professional rendering of your idea for the folks over at the Mint--and you will win a very nice version of that artistic rendition.
Here's how to play: Send your entries, in word description or, if you're really ambitious, in image, to firstname.lastname@example.org We'll collect your entries through January 6th and report back to you soon thereafter.
And just to get things started, here are some ideas floating around the Raw Tank:
A three-pronged arrangement of symbols (three to represent the District, Virginia and Maryland, just as we have three stars on our city flag): A half-smoke, a crack pipe and a flying manhole cover.
A monument of your choice surrounded by Jersey barriers above the slogan "Capital of Cowering."
Chuck Brown presiding over a go-go crowd.
A portrait of sports failure--a football soaring wide of the goal posts, a batter whiffing, a hoopster missing a dunk--all over the slogan "America's Cellar Dweller."
Send your entries today! Vote early and often! Multiple entries permitted! Winner gets fame and fortune (ish)! Operators are standing by! That's email@example.com
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