When is it time to take dead presidents off our coins?
I never liked the idea of dead president on coins. The founding fathers did not want portraits on coins. I do like the Lincoln cents. Commemorative coins are OK with any subject or person on them, but not general coins for everyday use. My main concern is: When do you take them off? I know that Lincoln is there until the cent is no longer made. What then? Do we move someone off another denomination to make room for Lincoln?, he deserves to be remembered for all time. Move JFK off the half-dollar? People liked JFK a lot, but he did not do very much to deserve a place on the half dollar.
The Washington quarter of 1932 was supposed to be a 1 year commemorative. FDR got on the dime for his work with the "March of Dimes". Are we stuck with Jefferson, FDR, Washington and Kennedy until the age of coinage is over?
I don't know of any other country with this dilemma.
Some other countries put their current leader on the coins for their reign and then take them off when they die. Other countries don't put the leaders on their coins to begin with, but no other country (that I can think of) than the US, puts dead leaders on coins and just leaves them there.