http://grizzlygroundswell.theodoremedia.com/archives/1763 Obamaâ€™s image, like that of Roman emperors and European monarchs, to appear on commemorative coins
It is illegal for the U.S. Mint to produce a coin that bears the image of a living person, and the U.S. Postal Service never puts a living personâ€™s picture on its stamps. This taboo probably dates back to the War of Independence, when the Founding Fathers decided that the United States would never exalt an individual, no matter how prominent, in the manner of Roman emperors and European monarchs.
This law does not apply, of course, to private mints that produce commemorative (non-legal-tender) coins, and United States law does not apply to British subjects either. This does not mean that the Democratic Party has to approve the effective deification of its candidate in the manner of a king or a Roman emperor, as one British firm is doing. Windsor, Elizabeth, and Windsor is stamping commemorative coins with Obamaâ€™s face, with his jaw protruding in an appropriately heroic pose, in front of the White House.
If Barack Obama had any character or ethics, he would denounce this coinâ€™s production as inappropriate. If the Democratic Party had any connection to American values, it also would denounce this coin as an inappropriate glorification and deification of an individual. Instead, the Democratic Party has â€œjumped at the chanceâ€ to buy and circulate these coins. In conjunction with Obamaâ€™s use of a personalized Presidential seal, and his acceptance speech in a stadium filled with groupies and fanatics, this shows that Obamaâ€™s candidacy is nothing more than a dangerous personality cult similar to those of others who have given speeches from balconies to throngs of mindless fanatics. A company in Birminghamâ€™s [United Kingdom] Jewelery Quarter is making commemorative coins for American presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
...When they got in touch with the Democrats the party jumped at the chance. And the coins have proved such a hit that locally produced versions have already been launched to compete with the UK originals.
The coins show Senator Obamaâ€™s face, along with a picture of the White House and the legend â€œPresident of the United States of Americaâ€.
Here is the law that forbids the U.S. Mint to strike coins with the likenesses of living persons.
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(E) Prohibition on certain representations.â€” No head and shoulders portrait or bust of any person, living or dead, and no portrait of a living person may be included in the design of any quarter dollar under this subsection.