U.S. MINT POLICE STAGECOACH IN PARADE
Speaking of stages, viewers watching Thursday's New York
City Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were treated to the
sight of a special U.S. Mint float promoting the 50 States
Quarter series. Atop the float was an antique U.S. Mint
Police stagecoach from the Denver Mint. And atop the
stagecoach (I am not making this up...) was singer
Tito Puente, Jr, belting out (or was it lip-syncing?) a tune.
You don't see THAT every day...
A search of the U.S Mint web site turned up a press
release for last year's Macy's parade. Then, the float
was promoting the Sacagawea dollar coin.
"November 25, 1999 - The U.S. Mint became the first
government agency to sponsor a float in the 73rd Annual
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Approximately 60
million viewers were able to catch a glimpse of the new
Golden Dollar featuring Sacagawea, only one week after
coin production began at The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
The Golden Dollar coin float, sporting a Denver Mint
antique stagecoach, glided majestically from New York City's
Central Park toward Herald Square. Actors dressed in
vintage U.S. Mint Police uniforms escorted the coach and
five-foot replicas of the Golden Dollar..."
To find the full press release and see a picture of the
stagecoach float, go to http://www.usmint.gov/ and enter
"stagecoach" in the search box.
And while it has nothing to do with numismatics, a related
story from USA Today shows what can happen when parade
floats run amok: "Meanwhile a woman who is seeking damages
from the city and Macy's after she was injured during the store's
1997 Thanksgiving Day Parade has sued five more defendants
for $10 million because of the accident.
Maria Clohessy, 47, of Pearl River, N.Y., was one of four
people injured when the Cat in the Hat balloon crashed into a
street lamp at 72nd Street and Central Park West because of
high winds." (23 November, 2000).
Oh, the humanity!!!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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