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Jan. 9 2013 4:23 PM

Keynes, Biden, and Dr. Evil on the $1 Trillion Coin

Slate readers’ best ideas for whose face should go on the platinum economy-saver.

We asked for your spectacular $1 trillion coin designs, and you answered! From Dr. Evil to John Maynard Keynes, Slate readers came through. Here are our favorite examples.

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Courtesy of Theo Wallace

This hand-drawn coin by Theo Wallace reads like a great editorial cartoon.

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Courtesy of Jim Sparks

Jim Sparks’ Joe Biden coin gave us a funny feeling inside.

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Courtesy of Maija Urrelo

Larry Summers Riding a Robot Unicorn, emailed by reader Maija Urrelo.

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Courtesy of Robert Jones

John Maynard Keynes got lots of love—we particularly like this version by Robert Jones, with its very appropriate obverse copy.

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Courtesy of Charmin

The Charmin corporate Twitter account got in on it with a surprisingly trenchant commentary on the disposability of American currency.

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Courtesy of Jay Lewis

“In honor of our fiscal debate jumping the shark,” writes reader Jay Lewis.

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Courtesy of Chris Gelke

Chris Gelke’s design is simple, iconic, and sort of perfect.

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Courtesy of Robert Rand

The advantage of minting Robert Rand’s Bill Gates coin is that the subject might actually be able to afford to buy it.

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Courtesy of Michael Brienard

This design by Michael Beirnard is both absurdist and grimly realistic.

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Courtesy of Patrick O'Leary

Patrick O’Leary’s Community coin comes with its own screenplay:

Tim Geithner: Starting with this toss: heads comes up, we use this coin to pay the debt.

 Paul Ryan: Just so you know, Tim Geithner, you are now creating two different timelines.

 Tim Geithner: Of course I am, Ryan.

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Illustration by Andrew Morgan

We were so inspired by this suggestion from commenter enfermot that we went ahead and made it ourselves.

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Courtesy of Troy Beckman

Twitter’s Troy Beckman is our overall favorite, though, with this masterful Dr. Evil/Obama mashup. Congratulations to everyone, and thanks for submitting!

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor, co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

Andrew Morgan is a Slate designer.

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