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The Famous Faces on United States Money

Posted By Jim On 02/28/2011 @ 7:35 am In Personal Finance | 20 Comments

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:

  • Penny (1¢): President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
  • Nickel (5¢): President Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States
  • Dime (10¢): President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
  • Quarter (25¢): President George Washington, First President of the United States
  • Half Dollar (50¢): President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
  • One Dollar Bill ($1): President George Washington, First President of the United States
  • Two Dollar Bill ($2): President Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States
  • Five Dollar Bill ($5): President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
  • Ten Dollar Bill ($10): Alexander Hamilton, First US Secretary of the Treasury
  • Twenty Dollar Bill ($20): President Andrew Jackson, Seventh President of the United States
  • Fifty Dollar Bill ($50): Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States
  • Hundred Dollar Bill ($100): Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father
  • Five Hundred Dollar Bill ($500): President William McKinley, 25th President of the United States
  • One Thousand Dollar Bill ($1,000): President Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States
  • Five Thousand Dollar Bill ($5,000): President James Madison, Fourth President of the United States
  • Ten Thousand Dollar Bill ($10,000): Salmon P. Chase, US Secretary of the Treasury
  • One Hundred Thousand Dollar Bill ($100,000): President Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

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])


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[3] 50 fun facts about money: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/50-fun-facts-about-cold-hard-cash.html

[4] Presidential Dollar Coins: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/

[5] $500 bill and higher: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/pictures-of-big-bills-500-1000-5000-10000.html

[6] five star General and 34th President of the United States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower

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