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Quiz about American Coin Collecting for Beginners
Quiz about American Coin Collecting for Beginners

American Coin Collecting for Beginners Quiz


This is a beginner's quiz about American coins.

A multiple-choice quiz by hotdogPi. Estimated time: 2 mins.
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Author
hotdogPi
Time
2 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
353,230
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
678
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 73 (3/10), lolleyjay (0/10), Guest 108 (9/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. A coin is uncirculated. What does that mean? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What were dimes made of until 1964? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What does a penny look like in 1942 compared one made in 2008? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What does it mean if there's a D below the 1957 on a penny? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which President is on the front of the 2008 half dollar? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What are 2008 nickels made of? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Where are most modern United States coins made? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which huge coin had Eisenhower on it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What is a die (as referring to coins)? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What happened to quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins in 1976? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. A coin is uncirculated. What does that mean?

Answer: This coin has not been used.

Coins are almost never perfect, even if they haven't been used. The grade of "proof" means that a special finish is used to make a coin more shiny for collectors.
2. What were dimes made of until 1964?

Answer: Silver

Dimes, quarters, and half dollars were silver back then, however, not nickels. (Dollar coins weren't made in 1964.)
3. What does a penny look like in 1942 compared one made in 2008?

Answer: Same on the front, wheat ears on the back

There were four designs for a penny in 2009. The front is the same, but the back is different. Then, starting 2010, there's a new design on the back. Steel pennies were made in 1943, not 1942.
4. What does it mean if there's a D below the 1957 on a penny?

Answer: It was made in Denver.

That D is called a mintmark. The letters P (for Philadelphia) and S (for San Francisco) can also appear on coins, though P can't appear on a penny.
5. Which President is on the front of the 2008 half dollar?

Answer: John F. Kennedy

By law, living people can't be portrayed on circulating American coins.
6. What are 2008 nickels made of?

Answer: Copper with a small amount of nickel

They're called nickels, but they actually don't have much nickel in them. It's been this way since 1866.
7. Where are most modern United States coins made?

Answer: Philadelphia and Denver

Some older coins were made in San Francisco, and some proof coins are still made there.
8. Which huge coin had Eisenhower on it?

Answer: Dollar, 1971 to 1978

Dollar coins were made until 1935, from 1971 to 1981, and from 1999 onward, in different designs.
9. What is a die (as referring to coins)?

Answer: The mold used to strike the coin

Before the coin is struck, the piece of metal manufactured to the correct size and weight is called a blank.
10. What happened to quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins in 1976?

Answer: They had a special image for the bicentennial.

Pennies, nickels and dimes were made with their regular designs in 1976.
Source: Author hotdogPi

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