The coin redesign is dead. Probably.
Vigilant House members think they succeeded in blocking a plan by two senior Democrats to order the U.S. Mint to redesign the backs of the penny, nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar.But in the absence of an official, written record of everything Congress did in the waning hours of its session last weekend, no one is absolutely certain.
In the final days, Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., the leading proponent of the measure, huddled repeatedly with Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-Texas, the chief redesign sponsor in the House.
Cranston got the coil language written into several measures and vigilant opponents got it erased, but they're not sure it didn't sneak by them.