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Bowers Numismatic Trivia Game

Let's Play Numismatic Trivia!

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Author: Q. David Bowers / Thursday, February 20, 2020 / Categories: Test Your Knowledge

Welcome to our latest numismatic challenge. If you enjoy the arcane and obscure aspects of numismatics, you may have fun with this. Questions range from basic, such as No. 1 below, to ones requiring experience and study.

See how well you do. A score of 5 or more correct is doing quite well. You will deserve a gold star!


1: The D mintmark on a Lincoln cent is for:

a. Dallas, TX

b. Dahlonega, GA

c. Denver, CO  

d. Dubuque, IA


2: In MS-65 grade which is the most expensive coin?

a. 1886-O Morgan silver dollar 

b. 1853 With Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar

c. 1928 No Motto double eagle

d. 1817 cent with 15 instead of 13 stars


3: The 1892 Columbian half dollar

a. Was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

b. Had a mintage of fewer than 500,000 pieces

c. Is the first United States commemorative coin 

d. In MS-65 is worth over $20,000 today


4: The first gold dollar made for circulation was minted in 

a. 1795

b. 1849

c. 1877

d. 1854


5: The only overdate in the nickel three-cent series is the

a. 1878/7

b. 1889/8

c. 1865/4

d. 1887/6  


6: The equestrian statue on the reverse of the 1900 Lafayette dollar shows a statue erected in

a. Paris  

b. New York City

c. Philadelphia, PA

d. Ballston Spa, NY


7: Among early large copper cents the rarest date is

a. 1799 

b. 1793

c. 1804

d. 1797


8: Which one of these coins was never struck?

a. 1921-S dime *

b. 1927-D double eagle

c. 1898-S quarter

d. 1860-S gold dollar


9: In the first year of operation of the Carson City Mint, 1870, which denomination was not made?

a. $20 gold

b. Dime  

c. Half dollar

d. $10 gold


10: The founding editor of A Guide Book of United States Coins was

a. B. Max Mehl

b. Bennett Cerf

c. Richard S. Yeoman 

d. William H. Woodin


Answers: 1-c, 2-a, 3-c, 4-b, 5-d, 6-a, 7-a, 8-a,  9-b, 10-c