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The Famous Faces on United States Money

I know it’s been a while since I did something trivia related so I thought that we might do something a little fun today. I had a lot of fun putting together 50 fun facts about money [3] and thought why not put together a post on all the faces you see on our money? It’s not 50 facts, these probably aren’t as much fun as they are “Hmm… I didn’t know that,” but hopefully you have a little fun, learn a little something, and enjoy!

Famous Faces On Our Money

The faces that have adorned our currency have changed over the years, most notably in the collection of Presidential Dollar Coins [4] where many presidents have graced the new dollar coins. There have been, however, many bills and coins that haven’t seen as much change in recent years.

Since 1909, the penny, or one cent coin, has always had the profile of President Abraham Lincoln. While the reverse of the coin has been redesigned since, the obverse still bears the image of President Lincoln. Prior to 1959, which was the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, the coin’s reverse side had an image of two wheatheads and that coin was known as a wheat penny.

Here is who appears on the other coins and bills of our currency:

Readers of Bargaineering will know that the $500 bill and higher [5] were discontinued in 1969 (the $100,000 bill was used by the government only) and the dollar coin was excluded from the list because it has so many designs that almost everyone has their face on a $1 coin (back in the day, you had to be a five star General and 34th President of the United States [6] to get on the coin!).

Enjoy the knowledge!

(Photo: jollyuk [7])