Here’s a short quiz to test your numismatic knowledge. Answers are at the end:
(1) In July 1792 silver half dismes were struck: A: at the Philadelphia Mint; B: by Matthew Boulton under contract; C: in Trenton, N.J.; D: in the machine shop of John Harper.
(2) Gold bullion coins are struck at the: A: Denver Mint; B: Philadelphia Mint; C: San Francisco Mint; D: West Point Mint.
(3) A certain Series 1886 note had as part of the design: A: an 1886 $5 gold coin; B: the portrait of President Chester Alan Arthur; C: five Morgan silver dollars; D: an eagle in flight.
(4) Generally considered to be the most skilled cataloger of coin auctions in the 1860s was: A: Henry Chapman; B: W. Elliot Woodward; C: B. Max Mehl; D: Harold P. Newlin.
(5) Augustus B. Sage, who was the primary founder of the American Numismatic Society in 1858, was: A: British immigrant; B: a teenager; C: a New York City watchmaker; D: a Harvard graduate.
(6) In 1895: A: Treasury stocks of gold coins were severely depleted; B: the Carson City Mint struck coins for the last time; C: the Klondike Gold Rush began; D: no silver dollars were struck at the New Orleans Mint.
(7) Felix O. Schlag is recalled as: A: designer of the Jefferson nickel; B: president of the American Numismatic Association 1944 to 1948; C: developer of the numerical grading system; D: director of the Denver Mint in 1906.
(8) ”Starred Reverse” refers to: A: the back of an 1896 silver certificate; B: a variety of 1794 cent; C: the reverse of the 1878 silver dollar; D: a financial problem at the San Francisco Mint in 1906.
(9) The word DIRIGO can be found on which of these commemorative half dollars: A: 1920 Maine; B: 1946 Booker T. Washington; C: 1936 Bridgeport; D: 1938 New Rochelle.