Is it just me, or is this the ugliest coin in US numismatic history? I got a couple of these at Penn Station this evening, and they remind me of nothing so much as a carnival token. Washington’s mouth is a grim slash that looks like a hatchet mark on a piece of wood. There’s no depth, the inscription at the bottom is totally unreadable at actual size. And the “$1” on the back is just tacky.
The Cassini spacecraft sent back photos today from its polar orbit of Saturn, showing literally never-before-seen images of its rings from above. There’s a gallery of photos available on NASA’s Cassini site, but this one really grabbed me because of it’s beautiful, almost painterly, subtle coloration. Just barely visible the fringes of the inner rings at about 4:00 and 6:00.