Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Secret message in the Arizona quarter?

The blog of the Arizona House of Representatives says the letters below the saguaro on the new Arizona quarter are "JIM" and were personally selected by Gov. Napolitano as a paean to House Speaker Jim Weiers, who is often at political odds with her.

Others who look closely, instead see the letters "JFM" which coincide with the initials of Joseph Menna, the mint sculptor who crafted the coin. But why let facts get in the way of a really cool conspiracy theory?

Interestingly, when I followed the lead on this item, I found a roll of quarters for sale on eBay with a variation on the coin where an extra prickly pear pod? leaf? (hey, just what do you call those flapjack shaped pieces?) covers up the initials.

So, is this also part of the conspiracy? Do the initials being obliterated by cactus send another hidden political message?

Do we see a movie plot here, with Tom Hanks in the lead role? Stay tuned.


  1. Anonymous8:04 AM

    That's too funny! I guess some people just think a little too highly of themselves.

    And the prickly pear cactus has "pads". I think...

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