The answer is Abraham J Lincoln. One hundred years ago -- that's 1909, and not farther back -- the 'Lincoln penny' introduced the first person's likeliness on a US coin or note, something that George Washington had decried as dangerously 'monarchichal', per a New York Times story today.
The fate of the historic coin -- which hilariously outraged defeated Confederate veterans at the time; hey, that's the spoils when YOU GET BEAT guys -- is hotly debated. It's frequently noted that the coin worth $0.01 costs $0.014 to produce.
The FBO offers a solution.
Presently the US dollar is broken down into 100 cents. Let's change that so that the dollar is divided into TEN CENTS.
* The penny will be worth one cent.
* The nickel will be worth two cents.
* The quarter will be renamed the 'halfer', and worth five cents.
* The dumb dime and dumb JFK half-dollar will cease to exist.
* The dollar coin, in various forms, will remain worth $1.
A bit on that last point. One of the great things about travel to the United Kingdom is that coins there actually matter. The pound -- the single greatest coin on earth -- weighs in a pocket, though only a bit bigger than a dime. It hangs there like 'I'm a bagel with cream cheese' or 'I'm a pizza slice.' You don't want to lose it.
The US needs bigger stress on its many many many dollar coins. There's the Eisenhower, the Susan B Anthony, the underrated Sacajawea and -- since 2005 -- a steady stream of US president coins (I've only seen the gold Washington and gold James Madison... I cannot wait to see the William Henry Harrison, who died shortly after becoming president after getting sick at his inauguration).
--> Suggestion: Please refrain from using $1 bills for the next four weeks. Only use dollar coins.
We are really happy, though, that the US has about 45 different dollar coins.
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