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A Penny for Your Thoughts?
U.S. Coins & Banknotes
"This quiz covers the history of the one-cent coin, more informally known as the penny."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
If a layman were shown an early one-cent coin, he/she would not immediately recognize it as a penny. Why is that?
Early one-cent coins were made with a silver-copper alloy, giving them a grayish color.
Early one-cent coins were much larger than current pennies.
Early one-cent coins did not say the words "ONE CENT" on the reverse.
Early one-cent coins were not round.
Speaking of early one-cent coins, when was the first one-cent coin officially minted in the US?
The Flying Eagle Cent is the only US Coin to feature an eagle on the obverse (the front).
The Flying Eagle Cents and the early Indian Head Cents (through 1864) were different from all other pennies subsequently produced. Which is NOT one of those differences?
These are all differences.
They were thicker.
They lacked the phrase "IN GOD WE TRUST".
They were made of a copper-nickel alloy.
The 1877 Indian Head Cent is the most sought-after coin in this set. Why is that?
The mintage number was very low and not that many were saved by collectors of that time.
A weakly-struck "C" made the coin reverse say "ONE ENT".
There was a crack in the die that made it appear as if Lady Liberty had a chinstrap.
Due to an error at the mint, the coins were actually minted with a copper-gold alloy.
Who designed the beautiful Indian Head Cents?
Victor D. Brenner
Charles E. Barber
James B. Longacre
What was the primary metal in the cents made in 1943?
copper, just like all the rest
When did the Lincoln Cent change from the Wheat reverse to the Lincoln Memorial reverse?
Do the pennies minted today contain any copper?
What is special about the pennies minted in 2009?
They depict Lincoln looking forward.
Their reverses depict periods in Lincoln's life.
Their reverses depict the White House instead of the Lincoln Memorial.
They are larger than the pennies of recent years.
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