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  • 1. 

    On which country's coins can you find the word "HELVETICA"?

    • A.

      Switzerland

    • B.

      Belgium

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      France

    Correct Answer
    A. Switzerland
    Explanation
    The word "Helvetica" can be found on Switzerland's coins because Helvetica is a widely used typeface that originated in Switzerland. The country has a long history of using Helvetica in various forms of design, including on their currency. Therefore, it is logical to conclude that Switzerland is the correct answer.

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  • 2. 

    What building is depicted on the reverse of the bicentennial half-dollar?

    • A.

      The White House

    • B.

      The U.S. Capitol

    • C.

      Mt. Vernon

    • D.

      Independence Hall

    Correct Answer
    D. Independence Hall
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Independence Hall. Independence Hall is depicted on the reverse of the bicentennial half-dollar. It is a historic building located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is known as the birthplace of the United States. It is where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. The building's iconic red brick exterior and distinctive bell tower make it a recognizable symbol of American history and democracy.

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  • 3. 

    Which Caribbean nation issued coins honoring Ernest Hemingway?

    • A.

      Aruba

    • B.

      Bermuda

    • C.

      Bahamas

    • D.

      Cuba

    Correct Answer
    D. Cuba
    Explanation
    Cuba is the correct answer because Ernest Hemingway had a strong connection to the country. He lived in Cuba for many years and it was where he wrote some of his most famous works, including "The Old Man and the Sea." Cuba recognized Hemingway's contributions to literature by issuing coins in his honor.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following statehood quarters does not have some sort of boat on it?

    • A.

      New Jersey

    • B.

      Virginia

    • C.

      Rhode Island

    • D.

      Connecticut

    Correct Answer
    D. Connecticut
    Explanation
    Connecticut is the correct answer because out of the four options given, it is the only statehood quarter that does not feature a boat on it. The statehood quarters are a series of commemorative coins issued by the United States Mint, each representing a different state. While New Jersey, Virginia, and Rhode Island all have some sort of boat depicted on their statehood quarters, Connecticut does not.

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  • 5. 

    Why are early Indian Head cents sometimes called white cents?

    • A.

      The Coin Was Modeled After A White Girl In A Headdress Rather Than A Real Indian

    • B.

      White Was The Name Of The Secretary Of The Treasury When The Coins Were First Minted

    • C.

      They Contained Nickel Which Gave Them A Lighter Colored Appearance

    • D.

      White Was The Last Name Of The Coins Designer

    Correct Answer
    C. They Contained Nickel Which Gave Them A Lighter Colored Appearance
    Explanation
    Early Indian Head cents are sometimes called white cents because they contained nickel, which gave them a lighter colored appearance.

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  • 6. 

    In what year was the three legged buffalo nickel minted?

    • A.

      1938

    • B.

      1941

    • C.

      1818

    • D.

      1937

    Correct Answer
    D. 1937
    Explanation
    The three legged buffalo nickel was minted in 1937. This coin is a famous error coin, where the buffalo on the reverse side appears to have only three legs instead of four. It is believed that the missing leg was due to excessive polishing of the die, causing the leg to be weakly struck or completely absent. The error was discovered early in the production process, so only a small number of these coins were released into circulation. Today, the three legged buffalo nickel is highly sought after by collectors.

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  • 7. 

    When did the Canadian two dollar bill go extinct?

    • A.

      1982

    • B.

      1990

    • C.

      1996

    • D.

      1995

    Correct Answer
    C. 1996
    Explanation
    The Canadian two dollar bill went extinct in 1996.

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  • 8. 

    The Lincoln one cent piece was first minted in which year?

    • A.

      1905

    • B.

      1898

    • C.

      1912

    • D.

      1909

    Correct Answer
    D. 1909
    Explanation
    The Lincoln one cent piece was first minted in 1909. This is the correct answer because it is the only option that matches the year mentioned in the question. The other options, 1905, 1898, and 1912, do not align with the given information.

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  • 9. 

    The centenary of the RCMP was commemorated on which year on the CDN quarter?

    • A.

      1973

    • B.

      1975

    • C.

      1974

    • D.

      1972

    Correct Answer
    A. 1973
    Explanation
    The centenary of the RCMP, which stands for Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was commemorated on the Canadian quarter in the year 1973. This means that the design on the quarter was created to honor the 100th anniversary of the RCMP in that specific year.

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  • 10. 

    What is the rarest Barber Dime of which only 24 were made?

    • A.

      1914-D

    • B.

      1893-S

    • C.

      1894-S

    • D.

      1900-D

    Correct Answer
    C. 1894-S
    Explanation
    The rarest Barber Dime is the 1894-S. Only 24 of these dimes were minted, making it extremely rare and valuable for collectors.

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  • 11. 

    What type of United States quarter was made from 1916-1930?

    • A.

      Washington Quarter

    • B.

      No Quarters Were Produced From 1916-1930.

    • C.

      Standing Liberty Quarter

    • D.

      Barber Quarter

    Correct Answer
    C. Standing Liberty Quarter
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Standing Liberty Quarter. This type of quarter was produced from 1916 to 1930.

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  • 12. 

    Who was on the Barber Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar?

    • A.

      Lady Liberty

    • B.

      James Barber

    • C.

      Bald Eagle

    • D.

      Genesis

    Correct Answer
    A. Lady Liberty
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Lady Liberty because she was featured on the Barber Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar. These coins were minted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and featured the profile of Lady Liberty on the obverse side. Lady Liberty is a symbol of freedom and democracy in the United States, making her a fitting choice for these coins.

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  • 13. 

    What was the third state quarter produced?

    • A.

      Pennsylvania

    • B.

      Connecticut

    • C.

      Delaware

    • D.

      New Jersey

    Correct Answer
    D. New Jersey
    Explanation
    The question is asking about the third state quarter produced. The state quarters are a series of coins that were minted to commemorate each of the 50 states in the United States. The order in which the quarters were released corresponds to the order in which the states ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union. Therefore, the third state quarter produced would be the one corresponding to Delaware, not New Jersey.

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  • 14. 

    What year did the Lincoln Memorial replace the wheat fronds on the back of the penny?

    • A.

      1965

    • B.

      1959

    • C.

      1956

    • D.

      1961

    Correct Answer
    B. 1959
    Explanation
    In 1959, the Lincoln Memorial replaced the wheat fronds on the back of the penny. This change was made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The Lincoln Memorial design has since become an iconic symbol on the penny, representing the lasting legacy of the 16th President of the United States.

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  • 15. 

    Who designed the Barber coins?

    • A.

      Ethan Barber

    • B.

      Charles Herb Barber

    • C.

      Greg Barber

    • D.

      James Barber

    Correct Answer
    D. James Barber
    Explanation
    James Barber is the correct answer because he was the designer of the Barber coins. The Barber coins were a series of coins in the United States minted from 1892 to 1916. James Barber was the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint during this time and he designed the coins, which included the dime, quarter, and half dollar. His design featured a classical style with the head of Liberty on the obverse and various symbols on the reverse. The Barber coins are highly regarded for their artistic and historical significance.

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