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Join the discussion: Name the new North Carolina currency

Given that the Republican Speaker of the House has made pretty clear that he’s interested in exploring the idea of North Carolina minting its own currency, it’s probably time for us to begin thinking about what the new money will look like and what it will be called.

As Sarah Ovaska notes below, “liberty dollars” is one idea.

In light of the surname of the driving force behind the bill, Rep. Glen “I know longer officially endorse the John Birch Society” Bradley, another idea would be to feature the lawmaker himself, or perhaps his namesake, Milton, whose mug was featured on some bills in the board game “Life” back in the 60’s and 70’s. We could call them “Milties.”

Another idea might be to feature arch-conservative, federal government-hating North Carolina politicians. Perhaps Jesse Helms could be on the front with a pair of hands on the back.

What else? Tillis tender? Berger bucks? Shaftesbury shekels? Von Mieses pieces?

We could always feature the Monopoly man in honor of Time-Warner Cable.

Of course, the most appropriate name would be one we would import another country. While the right generally doesn’t like things that originate north of the border, you have to admit, in this case the nickname of the Canadian dollar coin is the most apt.

They call them loonies.

Feel free to suggest other names and ideas that might occur.

11 Comments

  1. Brian G.

    March 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Silver has gone from 8 to 24 in the past few years. So if you held silver, the price of gas did not go up. If you held dollars, gas, and food and many other things went way up. So, you’re working harder, or fighting for a raise, just to keep even. Why would you consider gold and silver money looney?

  2. Rob Schofield

    March 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I rest my case.

  3. Steve Harrison

    March 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve always been partial to the Egyptian Piastre (cute little bills), but as long as they have Art Pope’s picture on them, we can call them anything.

    Ooh! “Puppet Dollars”. ;)

  4. James

    March 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    “Know Longer”? Do you mean “No Longer?”

  5. Brian G.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    You don’t have a case. You don’t even see the problem.

  6. Rob Schofield

    March 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Oh, I think I see the problem all too clearly. my friend.

  7. Brian G.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Well, then move away from the mirror.

    So, nice insult forum you’re running here..

  8. Damon

    March 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    doubloons is what the pirates used… just sayin

  9. Herb Revenuer 2011

    March 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    North Carolina already has an alternative currency that its citizens value more than gold: cannabis.

    More @ http://www.priceofweed.com/

  10. Ricky

    March 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    The problem with an independent state currency would be similar to the problem that happened before in the 1800s with over 1600 banks in different states printing over 7000 types of currency that led to confusion, devaluation, and inflation. It’s confusing enough to travel between different countries figuring out exchange rates. It would place so much burden on the state and federal government to regulate the circulation of currencies, too. I personally think we should just keep track of money digitally only and forget about printing or minting. Save some trees and natural habitats, those are the most valuable capital Earth has.

  11. Brian G.

    March 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    So, Ricky, how would you restrain the creation of digital dollars? Congress currently exercises no power over the Federal Reserve to “print” money (most money creation is digital already). Obviously, as we have seen in recent years, they will print whatever is required to prevent economic “calamity”, as they define it, which means the banks that are too big to fail, and freddie and fannie, even though those enterprises went bankrupt. The taxpayers took on all of the debt created by millions of transactions of fraudulent mortgage underwriting. My argument is that commodity backed money, gold, silver, platinum, a basket, is the only way to enforce market discipline, so that politicians and corporations don’t run amok. They are currently running amok.