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I have written about Rep. Mike Castle before at Conflicted Libertarian.  I recognize that Castle is a moderate Republican; some of his votes on things like cap-and-trade and closing alleged gunshow loopholes bother me.  But I am enthusiastic about Rep. Castle for US Senate because of an otherwise obscure issue:  Coins

Remember before the State Quarter series in 1999?  American coins were dull and boring.  The quarter had not been changed since 1932; the dime since 1946.  Same ol’, same ol designs year after year.  But in 1999, things changed dramatically with the new quarter with Caesar Rodney riding a horse to vote for independence.  The State Quarter program was the brainchild of the Congressman from Delaware:  Michael N. Castle.

The state quarters caused enthusiasm for coin collecting:  Kids bought albums and collected every coin in the series. Wikipedia reports (footnotes omitted):

The program was conceived as a means of creating a new generation of coin collectors, and in that it succeeded.[2] The 50 State Quarters program became the most successful numismatic program in history, with roughly half of the U.S. population collecting the coins, either in casual manner or as a serious pursuit.[3] The U.S. federal government so far has made a profit of $4.6 billion from collectors taking the coins out of circulation.[4]

Soon, the territories were added, a nickel series commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Lincoln Bicentennial series, and the Presidential dollar coin.  Castle was a leading sponsor of the state quarters, the Lincoln series and the Presidential dollar coin designs and was supportive of the effort to both honor Lewis and Clark and to ensure that Monticello was returned to the reverse of the nickel.

Castle’s latest numismatic victory may be his best:  The America the Beautiful quarter series:  56 coins, one from each state and territory of national parks and monuments.  A new quarter series to continue the great hobby of numismatics without having to pay huge sums of money.

All of my readers in Delaware need to support and vote for Rep. Castle for US Senate.  Let’s keep him in DC.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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