Keynes, Biden, and Dr. Evil on the $1 Trillion Coin
Slate readers’ best ideas for whose face should go on the platinum economy-saver.
Posted Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 4:23 PM
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.
Courtesy of Theo Wallace
This hand-drawn coin by Theo Wallace reads like a great editorial cartoon.
Courtesy of Jim Sparks
Jim Sparks’ Joe Biden coin gave us a funny feeling inside.
Courtesy of Maija Urrelo
Larry Summers Riding a Robot Unicorn, emailed by reader Maija Urrelo.
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.
Courtesy of Charmin
The Charmin corporate Twitter account got in on it with a surprisingly trenchant commentary on the disposability of American currency.
Courtesy of Jay Lewis
“In honor of our fiscal debate jumping the shark,” writes reader Jay Lewis.
Courtesy of Chris Gelke
Chris Gelke’s design is simple, iconic, and sort of perfect.
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.
Courtesy of Michael Brienard
This design by Michael Beirnard is both absurdist and grimly realistic.
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.
Illustration by Andrew Morgan
We were so inspired by this suggestion from commenter enfermot that we went ahead and made it ourselves.
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 a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
Andrew Morgan is a Slate designer.