US Mint Rejects DC Quarter Inscription Taxation Without Representation

Friday, February 29, 2008

US Mint Rejects DC Quarter Inscription Taxation Without Representation

View the Mayor's letter and three revised narrative submissions

(Washington, DC) – The U.S. Mint has rejected the District's inclusion of the inscription "Taxation Without Representation" on the three narratives submitted for the back of the DC quarter. The DC Quarter Design Committee has submitted revised narratives for the Mint to consider.

The three narratives describe quarters that would depict abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass; astronomer and mathematician Benjamin Banneker; and world-renowned musician Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. The inscription "Justice For All", which is the English translation of the District's motto Justitia Omnibus, was submitted as the replacement on all three designs.

Mayor Adrian Fenty, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Council Chairman Vincent Gray each appointed a member to the DC Quarter Design Committee. The committee collected about 350 suggestions by phone, email, fax and postal mail.  

Mayor Fenty sent a letter with the narratives to Edmund C. Moy, director of the US Mint. The Mint will respond with a proposed design or designs for the new quarter, which the committee will review.

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