Some artists have been having fun with the concept of a trillion dollar coin.
[T]he trillion-dollar coin may fade from memory. But the debt ceiling still exists, and Congress will be negotiating over it again in a few years. It's likely the idea will reemerge as a possible work-around, picking up a new group of adherents.
Because what really matters now is that the trillion-dollar coin has gone from the esoteric corners of finance-based internet to become a mythical beast imprinted in the minds of all policymakers. But given that it's still just a figment of the populace's imagination, there are as many different mental images of the coin as there are minds in the country.
So we asked some of the best designers around—Fay Design, Order, Athletics, and Buck—to come up with some real designs. In a way, these are more than blueprints for a physical coin—they are the symbol of a creative, if controversial, approach to resolving an ever-returning financial dilemma.
GET OUT OF DEBT FREE COIN BY FAY
A play on Monopoly's
Get Out of Jail Free card, the Get Out of Debt Free coin questions: What even is money?! Does it hold any actual value? Is it just a political bargaining token? What's another trillion when the U.S. is already (somehow) pushing up against its $34.1 trillion debt limit? The value of this coin is not displayed, as who actually knows what it's worth, what it's paying for, or how the U.S. has such a massive deficit to begin with.
SOARING EAGLE BY BUCK
The trillion-dollar coin serves as a visionary solution to the challenges posed by America's debt ceiling. The design portrays a majestic bald eagle soaring above clouds and mountains. It symbolizes abundance, and a commitment to responsible stewardship of our wealth. It serves as inspiration to implement fiscal policies that safeguard our prosperity. The mountains give way to a recursive pattern, reinforcing the notion of growth and abundance. In the background, god rays evoke hope for a prosperous future.
CUBE BY ORDER
An absurdly unimaginable and unfathomable number distilled into a single coin deserves an absurdly grotesque design, which Order is proposing with this trillion-dollar
coin. It doesn't go in your pocket, or purse, or any place that can slip down a drain, so its form is annoyingly chunky—a cube—an empty vessel of the economic construct we all live in.
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A trillion-dollar coin sounds unbelievable. Here's what it could look like
Wayne Homren, Editor
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