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Is Phelps’s face worth a trillion dollars?

Jan 9, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

Slate Slate

While most American coins feature historical heros like Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and Sacagawea, why not a modern-day hero for the supposed trillion dollar coin that lawmakers in D.C. have been kicking around?

Well, Slate magazine has nominated 18-time gold medalist and American hero Michael Phelps for the honor:

“At this point we all agree that President Obama is going to authorize the $1 trillion platinum coin to single-handedly save the economy and secure his position on Mt. Rushmore II,” Slate writes. “The only question is: What will it look like?”

Their current design, a shouting Michael Phelps riding an eagle, is certainly better than just any old politician, right?

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