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|Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2012 01:26 pm||
| I mentioned on another thread that Hollywood doesn't have a very good record in depicting historical events, and that their response to criticism is to say that their production is not history, but entertainment. That allows them carte blanche to distort historical events in any way they wish to to try to tell a story that is: "Entertaining."
The recent movie: "Lincoln", which is praised to the skies by some people, is no exception when it comes to making historical errors. Here is a list of some of them:
Lincoln Movie Errors
I'm sure that as time passes, the list will grow.
Speaking to the one case listed where someone tells Mr. Lincoln that he is on the 50 cent piece- during the Civil War era, the silver half dollar depicted : "Lady Liberty" seated. During that time, no actual person, living or dead, had been portrayed on any regular issue U.S. coins. Mr. Lincoln does have the distinction of being the first actual person on a regular issue U.S. coin, which was on the penny in 1909. The next was George Washington on the quarter in 1932. (The first commemorative U.S. dollar coin was issued in 1900. It depicted Generals Washington and Lafayette).
As for fractional paper currency issued during the war- none showed the face of Mr. Lincoln. Some did show the face of one government bureaucrat, which outraged the Congress and induced them to make official the tradition of not putting the face of any living person on U.S. currency. The link below discusses the fractional currency and shows pictures of some from that time. None was used after 1876.
US Fractional Currency - Collector Information | Collectors Weekly
Last edited on Sat Feb 9th, 2013 01:55 am by Texas Defender