Significant Personal Object

  1. Inquiry Question: What is the story of my family’s old American dollar?


  1. Source: This is a primary source, because my family and I are the owner of the object, and I am also the one telling you about it. The object was created at the U.S. Mint, and as for the exact time it was printed I am not exactly sure. On the coin itself it says 1776 – 1976, but when I spent some time on Google, I realized the coin was a 1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Type 2, issued in 1975 and 1976, which implies the coin was made around that time.


  1. Context: An event going on around the time my dollar was created is the Cold War, which was a state of geopolitical tension after the events of World War II. Another event ongoing was the 1970’s energy crisis, which was when major industrial countries faced a significant petroleum shortage. Smaller things include Volkswagen introducing their first Golf model, and Microsoft becoming a registered trademark. I doubt these events affected the creation of my object, because along with all other money, the coin would have been made anyways.


  1. Description: What is important about this coin is how it’s being passed down all the way from my grandmother to me. It went from my grandma, to my father, then to me. Back when my grandma received the dollar, it probably wasn’t worth much, but that decision she made to hold on to the item and pass it down is the reason I even have it in the first place. What’s interesting about it is how there aren’t many of the coins out there anymore, and it’s quite old, which makes it seem even cooler! There are 3 types of the dollar, and after some close looking, I was able to deduce I possessed a type 2 coin. The only difference between type 1 and 2 is a slight change in the font, and I also found that interesting.


  1. Inferences about perspective: The creators of the coin were probably middle or high-middle class, because they had a job at the US Mint. Since the dollar was mass-produced at a factory with lots of people working there. The reason they made the source is because they had to supply money for the entire country, and were told to do so by the government. The audience was the entire country, as they are producing money for everyone inhabiting the country. I doubt the background/values of the workers influenced how the item was created, because the coin was bound to be made one way or the other.


  1. Inferences about inquiry question: From examining the source, I can learn exactly what type of coin I have(1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar Type 2). I can also learn the years the coin was created, which was in 1975 and 1976. Although I learned the technicalities about the coin, I am still unable to answer why my grandma kept the coin with her and passed it down all the way to me. My current knowledge extends what I know, because before I had no idea what type of coin I had other than the fact it was old and passed down to me. A question I still have is why my grandma even bothered to set that one coin aside and decide to pass it down the line in the first place.

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