Special Sub-Topic: Crazy Coin & Currency Challenge 1
|A US cent made in 2011 is primarily made of what metal?|
zinc. They've been 97.5% zinc since 1982. Only 2.5% of it is copper, and that's mainly in the outer plating.
Additionally, steel was used in cents made in 1943, and aluminum was used in experimental, non-circulating pieces dated 1974.
|To date, who was the only treasurer whose signature changed while in office?|
Dorothy Andrews Elston. Dorothy Andrews Elston was treasurer from May 8th, 1969 to September 16th, 1970. She married and her name became Dorothy Andrews Kabis. She continued to serve as treasurer until her death on July 3rd, 1971.
|2001 saw the release of the New York State quarter, which featured an image of the state along with the Statue of Liberty. Before this point, which coin series was the last to feature the likeness of Lady Liberty?|
walking liberty half dollar. Liberty nickels were minted from 1883 to 1913. Standing liberty quarters were minted from 1916 to 1930. Mercury dimes were minted from 1916 to 1945. Walking liberty half dollars were minted from 1916 to 1947.
|The nickel was taken out of nickels from 1942 to 1945. What metals were instead being used to make nickels during this time period?|
manganese, copper, silver. Nickel was one of many resources needed for World War II. So-called "war nickels" were made with 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese, instead of the usual 75% copper and 25% nickel.
This is the first time manganese was used to mint American coins. More recently, Sacagawea and presidential dollars are clad with an alloy that includes 3.5% manganese.
|Due to its unusual reverse design, silver certificates from the series of 1928 and 1934 are sometimes called what?|
funny backs. They're not really funny, just different-looking. Funny backs do not display the Great Seal of the United States. The denomination of "one dollar" is larger and appears to be framed.
|Which of the following has never been a coin or currency denomination amount?|
$3.50. Gold coins were made in $2.50 and $3 denominations. $2 bills are still in use.
|As of the end of 2011, which of the following presidents was ineligible to be part of the presidential dollar coin program?|
Jimmy Carter. As of 2011, Jimmy Carter is still alive. A president must be dead for at least two years in order to be honored in the program. Ronald Reagan is currently the latest serving eligible president: he died in 2004, and a presidential dollar with his image is scheduled to be minted in 2016.
|Although illegal to own until recently, at one point a 1933 $20 gold coin made its way into whose possession?|
Farouk I of Egypt. It was mistakenly allowed to be exported to Egypt. When Farouk was deposed, the coin was put up for auction (in Egypt) but disappeared before the US government could confiscate it. Nearly five decades later, a British coin dealer claimed that his 1933 double eagle was the same one once possessed by Farouk. It sold for a record-breaking $7,590,020 in 2002 and is to date the only one of its kind that is legal to possess.
|The buffalo on the buffalo nickel was modelled after a bison named what?|
Black Diamond. None of the others are particularly coin-related: Comanche was George Custer's horse, Traveller was Robert E Lee's horse, and Old Glory is the nickname of the US flag.
|Bullion gold coins are minted in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz sizes. Which one has a face value that is NOT directly proportional to its weight, relative to the other three?|
1/4 oz. 1/10 oz is $5, 1/4 oz is $10, 1/2 oz is $25, and 1 oz is $50. I guess they just don't want to make a $12.50 coin.
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