1″ diameter, coin

I was living in Chile in 1998, when this coin was minted.  That was the year that Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s dictator for many years, was indicted in London for the crimes that he committed while in power.  His arrest opened old wounds and old debates among my Chilean friends, and I learned a lot about the far-reaching and long-lasting effects of abuse of power, and I was not surprised but was still horrified by the United States’ role in the military coup so far from our soil. Despite being divisive, the arrest provided some closure and public censure.  I’m watching events unfold here in the US in 2021 and am pleased to see a swift impeachment, but wonder what all of the long-lasting ripples of this presidency will be.