The Republican primary, and some random Googling, got us thinking about commemorative coins, which often honor politicians and other notable figures. And much like commemorative dinner plates, such coins can get pretty
Doomsday Coin: We actually kind of want this one. Remember all those billboards announcing the end of the world last year? Well, here’s one commemorating those halcyon days of 2011. Get ready for a Mayan Calendar coin this year.
Barack Obama: We get that the first non-white president is a big deal. Big enough to warrant a commemorative coin. But shouldn’t they have put... y’know, Hawai’i on this somewhere?
Michael Jackson: There’s apparently an entire cottage industry dedicated to slapping stickers on regular coins and calling them commemorative. This series dedicated to the King of Pop might just be the best.
9/11 Pop Up Coin: Pop-up designs are great for children’s books. Commemorating a massive national tragedy? Not so much.
Prince Albert: OK, this might actually be legitimate currency, but we had to include it. Because believe it or not, it was designed to resemble Prince Albert, not Jack the Ripper.
Ron Paul: The coolest part about this coin is that it was made by a company that wanted it to replace American dollars. Needless to say, the government didn’t take very kindly to that.
Royal Wedding: So wait... Chucky married Beavis? That’s a union we can get behind.
Osama Bin Laden: Bin Laden’s assassination was seen as a great opportunity to cash in by at least one savvy coin maker.
Soccer: To be fair, even lifelong football fans have trouble understanding this rule. Hopefully people have coins in their pockets when the Olympics head to London later this year.
Doctor Who: The Olympics. The Royal Wedding. 9/11. America’s first minority president. And the new season of Doctor Who.