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2022 quarter may reveal just how important coins are anymore

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Friday, September 2, 2022 - 11:51am
Updated: Friday, September 2, 2022 - 11:59am

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2022 quarter George Washington facing right
United States Mint
Front of a 2022 quarter from the American Women Quarters program, which depicts George Washington facing right instead of left

A growing number of us are choosing to use credit or debit cards or options like Zelle or PayPal when we buy something.

That’s increased the debate about what kind of role paper money and coins are going to play in the not-too-distant future. Will the phrase, "a penny for your thoughts" sound even more outdated than it already does?

The U.S. Mint is releasing a special issue series of quarters that may test just how important coins are going forward. What is standing out to some observers is that one of the new quarters will feature George Washington facing right rather than left.

So how important are these coin designs? And how much does changing the design of traditional items affect our perception of them?

To find out, The Show spoke with James Bowie, a teaching professor in the department of sociology at Northern Arizona University. 

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