As far as I can remember, I haven’t laid hands on one of the new $1 coins before this week. But waiting outside the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Congress on 9th Street earlier this week, I bought a hot dog from a vending cart. (Condiments free, but if you’re curious: Spicy mustard, pickle relish and sauerkraut. It was delicious.)

I paid with a $5 bill and got two coins back. This coin in fact:


Martin Van Buren, I thought? There’s a Van Buren Coin? Really?

Not that much mystery to it. I had forgotten: the U.S. Mint is making its way through all the presidents.

[Update: Always remember to pay for your hot dog.]

  • Michael C. Goncalves

    So the US Mint is putting gay US Presidents on our money—and isn’t it about time!!! I am, of course, refuring to President Martin Van Buren (sic), the President who Daniel Boone once described ‘The most womanly acting man I have ever laid eyes on’.

  • inculkign

    I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…