Philip Diel, a director of the U.S. Mint under Clinton and the guy who authored the platinum coin law in the first place, says that a trillion dollar coin would hardly be the most tortured statutary interpretation that someone gets away with this week. Regardless of whether SCOTUS will approve (and I would love to see Roberts try not to make waves with that case), I agree with DougJ that it makes a useful bargaining chip during the inevitable negotiations that Obama says we won’t have. I just hope they make the coin really f*cking big to discourage any jokers during the walk across the street to Treasury.
Meanwhile some writers at TPM noodle over whose face would go on a trillion dollar coin. They leave out George Dubya, who seems like the obvious choice to me.