U.S. Coins Quiz: Level II
Which of the following coins does not have reeded edges?
- The Anthony dollar had been criticized for looking confusingly similar to the quarter, both for the sighted and the visually impaired. The Sacagawea dollar was designed to be easier to tell apart: it's colored gold, it has an unusually wide border around the portrait, and it has a smooth edge.
What appears on the back of the dime?
- They symbolize liberty, peace, and strength and independence.
Which of these are the first U.S. coins to have words engraved on their edges?
- Beginning in 2007, four dollar coins are being released every year, each with a different president. "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum," the date, and the mintmark are engraved on the edge, rather than the front or back.
Which of the following coins has the date on the reverse or "tails" side?
- For design reasons, the state quarters move "United States of America" and "Quarter Dollar" to the front, and the date to the back.
The grooves on the sides of some coins form "reeds." How many reeds are on the side of a quarter?
- That's one more reed than the dime, which has 118.
Which coin currently in circulation contains the least amount of copper?
- The penny used to be entirely or mostly made of copper, but it's been 97.5% zinc since 1982.
When the Lincoln penny was introduced in 1909, what appeared on the back?
- In 1959, the design was changed to the Lincoln Memorial.
Under the state quarter program, how many different states appear on quarters minted in any one year through 2008?
- One is released every fifth of a year, in the order of admission to the Union.
What does the letter "D" on some coins mean?
- Similarly, a P mark indicates the Philadelphia Mint.
What is the name of Thomas Jefferson's home, featured on the back of most nickels?
- It was replaced by other designs in 2004 and 2005.