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One thin dime
In 1936, the Hoover Dam was completed and began generating electricity for Los Angeles. FDR was elected in a landslide victory to a second term of office. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics. The Spanish Civil War began, and American volunteers of the "Abraham Lincoln Brigade" sailed from New York to fight with the Spanish Republicans. John McCain (yes, that guy) was born in the US-controlled Panama Canal Zone, and Rudyard Kipling slipped from this mortal coil. The US mint churned out another series of "Mercury-head" dimes, one of which is currently sitting next to me as I'm typing

Were you to ask a collector, I'm sure the coin would be deemed worthless. It's worn to the point where surface scratches have been obscured by the same mirror-smooth polish that has begun to replace the coin's intended details. Such polish comes only from long use, the coin having passed through countless hands as it found its way through the events of the better part of the twentieth century. There is, of course, no way to know where it's been or who may have contributed to the slow wear of the coin's silver. It's hard even to imagine what this milimeter thick relic has been through as it remained in circulation through the terms of twelve presidents and the length of at least six wars (depending on how you count them.)

I've never really taken a close look at a pre-FDR dime, and I was surprised to see the rear face adorned with a fasces. It's most likely that the intent of the design was to invoke "strength through unity" implied in the symbol, and given that the fasces has seen pretty wide use otherwise it would be difficult to make much of its appearence here, even if it was from this same icon which the Italian Fascists took their name. The design was phased out after 1945 to be replaced by the more familiar coin that honors FDR.

I've got hold of a time traveller.
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inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: April 5th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love old, worn, coins. Collectors can have all the shiny ones, gimme the scarred and worn ones that show every minute of their long lives.

komos From: komos Date: April 5th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously. A relic that has spent its existence safely tucked away says nothing at all.
From: archer823 Date: April 5th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait. John McCain wasn't born in a US State? Isn't that a requirement to become Presidente?
komos From: komos Date: April 5th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
He was born in a US territory to two US citizens. That's apparently enough.
From: archer823 Date: April 5th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: April 5th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's weird though. I had a friend of mine who was born to two US citizens while her father was stationed in Wales.
Because she was born in a Welsh hospital and not on the base, she claims her parents had to apply for citizenship.
Though, I always wondered if it was a question of how long it took her parents to fill out the form for a birth certificate that forced them into the situation of having to apply for citizenship.
starboogie From: starboogie Date: April 6th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hang onto that dime. When the revolution comes and hyperinflation devalues the dollar so much that burning bills for heat is more economical than paying the electric bill, the silver in that puppy'll trade for riches beyond your wildest dreams! Today though, 'round about $0.99.
komos From: komos Date: April 6th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Round about $0.99 for a specimen in "very good" condition. Seems if the striations in the fasces are not distinct, a collector will likely give it a pass.

I will hang onto it, though. It may have value after the zombies come.
starboogie From: starboogie Date: April 6th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bah on collectors. Ya gotta think globally! When the waves of undead pour out of Kansas and you're forced to flee to Australia ('cause the Bering Strait might stop them, but not for long. A more isolated continent will be safer), coin collectors will be too busy keeping their brains unmunched to care about paying out for shiny objects.

Undoubtedly, the Aussies will have their hands full of refugees. And what's gonna open the gates to some while leaving others to get eaten by sharks? Certainly not the worthless paper money from zombie-infested North America (and soon to be south, once they cross the canal). Nope, not paper: precious metals. Silver! That there dime is 90% pure, old-fashioned Ag, which sells for around $13.50 an ounce these days, and doubtlessly more after the apocalypse. It, and not Mastercard, is going to insure you your own place in the outback.

I do worry, though, about how long even Australia could hold out against a massive zombie invasion. 'Cause they have to cross the ocean somehow, right? I guess they'd just sort of shuffle along the bottom, as swimming often poses a challenge for even non-zombified motor skills. But what of predators? Is zombification transmittable to fish? And should someone catch and eat a freshly zombified fish, could the epidemic spread back to humans? This is all very troubling. I can only hope that the constant motion of the waves proves to be too much for their tattered flesh to handle, and that saltwater is toxic to zombie germs.
komos From: komos Date: April 6th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

How much do I love you right now?

Lucio Fulci attempted to answer the zombie v. shark question in 1980. The experiments were inconclusive...

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