Coin Quiz: Presidential Election Time, Part 2

Here is Part 2 of this quiz focused on United States
presidents and numismatics. Remember, this quiz was written in 2000.


1. One day this president visited the Smithsonian
Institution and was impressed by the high sculptured-appearing portraits and
designs of ancient Greek coins, and contemplated that American coinage would do
well to have comparable art. He enlisted the services of well-known sculptor
Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign the various denominations from the cent to
the double eagle. He was:

a. Warren G. Harding

b. Abraham Lincoln

c. Theodore Roosevelt

d. Franklin D. Roosevelt


2. Minted on December 14, 1899 and dated 1900, the obverse
of the Lafayette silver dollar depicted Lafayette and:

a. William McKinley

b. Theodore Roosevelt

c. George Washington

d. Andrew Johnson


3. Which of these coins, if you owned it and consigned it to
auction, would likely net you several thousand dollars or more and be more
valuable than any other coin in the following list?

a. 1942-P Jefferson nickel, Proof-65

b. 1932-S Washington quarter, MS-63

c. 1909-S V.D.B. cent, MS-63 red and brown

d. 1866 Lincoln pattern nickel, Proof-65


4. This president is really featured on a two-headed coin,
on the obverse his portrait appears twice, one superimposed on the other and
each facing in a different direction.

a. Bill Clinton

b. Dwight D. Eisenhower

c. Harry S Truman

d. Lyndon B. Johnson


5. This president was in office when Liberty Seated coins
were first made at the Philadelphia Mint (he received a Gobrecht silver
dollar), when 1804 silver dollars were presented to the Sultan of Muscat, and
when Levy Woodbury was secretary of the Treasury. If you still don’t know the
answer, you’ll find him pictured on a $20 bill in your wallet.

a. Martin Van Buren

b. Rutherford B. Hayes

c. David Rice Atchison

d. Andrew Jackson


Answers: 1-c; 2-c; 3-d; 4-b (1900 commemorative dollar); 5-d.

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