Dividends: Cutting Up a Coin

The U.S. Mint has struck some handsome coins over the years, the buffalo nickel and the Kennedy half-dollar among them. But the Government's 1984 silver dollar, designed to commemorate the Summer Olympics, is drawing a chorus of catcalls. One side of the dollar, portraying a bald eagle, is pleasing. But the opposite, or "heads" side, contains no heads at all. It features the bare torsos of a male and a female athlete, apparently standing atop the Los Angeles Coliseum, the principal site of the Games. Sniffed Coin Columnist Ed Reiter: "It is quite possibly one of the ugliest coins in U.S....

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