I recently read a story set in the old west in which a character refered to a 15 cent coin. Was there ever a 15 cent coin in circulation in the United States, and is it still in use?
#108949. Asked by sdorph. (Sep 18 09 2:02 PM)
On April 11, 1918, Representative George Francis O’Shaunessy (1868-1934), a Democratic Congressman from Rhode Island, introduces a bill to the House of Representatives proposing that the U.S. Treasury begin minting a 15-cent coin. The inspiration for the bill, which was purported to have considerable public and political support, is generally credited to Seattle motion picture exhibitor John G. von Herberg (1880-1947). At the time, 15 cents is the average price of a movie ticket nationwide.|
Representative O’Shaugnessy’s proposal for a 15-cent coin went nowhere, and died a quick death in the House of Representatives. But in the sometimes-outlandish world of motion picture promotions, it made for good copy.
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