Coin collecting after 1964 was so long in the wilderness of popular opinion that all the attention of recent years still seems kind of neat to me.
The downside to being noticed by the rest of the population is that coins suddenly seem important enough to them that they want to interfere with things they clearly know nothing about.
An example of this arrived in my e-mail this morning. It was forwarded to me by a reader who had already helpfully responded to it to point out that it wasn?t true.
The topic: IN GOD WE TRUST on the new Presidential dollar coins, or in the case of this e-mail, the purported absence of the national motto.
Earlier this year we experienced the attention paid by some to the ?demotion? of the motto because of its movement to the edge of the coin, but now we get the next iteration of ill-informed outrage.
The e-mail alleges the motto is missing from the coin entirely and calls for a boycott.
Appearing in the e-mail is just an obverse photograph of a Washington dollar. There is no reverse or edge photo.
The e-mail says, ?You guessed it .. ?IN GOD WE TRUST? IS GONE!!!
?If ever there was a reason to boycott something, THIS IS IT!!!!
DO NOT ACCEPT THE NEW DOLLAR COINS AS CHANGE
?Together we can force them out of circulation.
?Please send to all on you(r) mail list!!!
?OK ... WE HAVE SAID WE WILL NOT LET THIS HAPPEN ..........BUT....IT HAS!!!!
?LET?S ALL SHOW WHAT WE ARE REALLY MADE OF AND PUT THIS COIN OUT OF CIRCULATION!! ?SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!!
?THIS MAY BE OUR 1ST AND LAST CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.?
Lots of capital letters and exclamation points are probably unnecessary with what will be perceived as highly inflammatory news about the absence of the motto.
The remedy of a boycott is particularly curious. There is no advocacy of contacting congressmen.
Most recipients of the e-mail have never seen a Presidential dollar and may never see one. They won?t have a chance to implement a boycott.
However, if the coin isn?t used, this boycott call could be proclaimed a great victory over the whatever mysterious and evil forces got rid of the motto. Also, it would keep the evidence of the motto?s presence away from the eyes of those who are attempting to boycott the coin.
That?s a win/win for ignorance.
Last week I learned you could get arrested for counterfeiting in Macomb, Ill., for passing Presidential dollar coins.
This week there is this call for a boycott.
What will next week bring?
Such are the joys of being part of a hobby that has been returned to pop culture status.
Is the price of popularity worth paying? What do you think?