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Reagan, Dr. Evil grace $1-trillion coin parodies

Outlandish debt-ceiling fix inspires #MintTheCoin Twitter trend and pocketful of joke designs


  1. One trillion dollars — that’s all it would take to make quick change in the U.S. conflict over the national debt ceiling. 

    In a modest proposal for the 21st century, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made the case, half-seriously, for creating a $1-trillion dollar coin.

    Krugman pointed out a legal loophole that allows the Treasury to mint platinum coins in any denomination.

    By minting a $1-trillion coin for deposit in the Federal Reserve, he argued, "the Treasury could acquire enough cash to sidestep the debt ceiling — while doing no economic harm at all."

  2. Although the suggestion was taken seriously by some, it also sparked a lighthearted thread within a much gloomier economic outlook for U.S. legislators, who continue to debate whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, cut spending, and avoid default.

    It's a decision far above the heads of many observers — but the design of the trillion-dollar coin, on the other hand, is a topic toward which many are eager to contribute their two cents.

    Parody coins are already being circulated online, most of which feature well-known politicians like President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner and former president Ronald Reagan.

  3. Others decided fictional characters were a better fit for the face of such a decadent coin.

    Rich Uncle Pennybags of the Monopoly board game, Disney tycoon Uncle Scrooge McDuck, and The Simpson's cartoonish super-villain C. Montgomery Burns were all nominated as the face of the trillion-dollar coin.
  4. The most popular power-broker, however, seemed to be Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame.

    The would-be world leader, well known for his bumbling requests for $1 billion, perfectly caricatures the slippery definition of a large sum of money.
  5. Dr Evil in 1 million Dollars
  6. Several users preferred to coin the name or increase the value of the extravagant tender.
  7. What do you make of the silly or serious end of the trillion dollar coin discussion?