Newsom's Request for New California Coin Ideas Sparks Public Response

By Ian Banks | May 2, 2024

Lighthearted initiative

Governor Gavin Newsom of California encountered an unexpected turn of events when he sought public input for a new California coin design. 

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Initially appearing as a lighthearted initiative, Governor Newsom's call for public input on the $1 coin, set to honor California's advancements and scheduled for release in 2026 by the U.S. Mint, soon evolved into a challenge. 

Playful nod

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The task involved capturing the essence of California while steering clear of controversy. In a playful nod to Taylor Swift's album title, Newsom invoked the "Tortured Coin Designers Department" for submissions, aiming to infuse a sense of humor and spur creativity in the process.