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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Know your presidential coinage

People interested in presidential trivia and money, among other things, will appreciate this. Ask Gleaves of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University has a very interesting and informative article on coins and presidents that answers the question:

How many different U.S. coins have portraits of presidents on them, and who chooses the presidents?

We learn that:

[...] no president's portrait appeared on a coin until the Lincoln penny came out in 1909 to commemorate the centennial of the 16th president's birth.

And:

Collectors may get a new burst of coins to collect. Congress is currently considering minting dollar coins to commemorate all our past presidents.

Not mentioned in the article is the possibility of four new Lincoln pennies where the reverse side of the penny will be:

(A) his birth and early childhood in Kentucky;
(B) his formative years in Indiana;
(C) his professional life in Illinois; and
(D) his presidency, in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Marie at June 2, 2005 10:15 PM

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Posted by: Marie at June 12, 2005 12:59 AM