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Q. David Bowers Common Coins Quiz

Q. David Bowers Common Coins Quiz

By Q. David Bowers, Co-Founder

Author: Q. David Bowers / Thursday, March 19, 2020 / Categories: From the Desk of Q. David Bowers

For my blog this week I am questions from a coin quiz I wrote 25 years ago for Rare Coin Review #107 in 1995. As opposed to asking questions about famous and rare coins, it deals with coins that are quite affordable, but at the same time are numismatically interesting.


1. Among Indian cents a prize can be given to the 1877 for being the most famous rarity, or to the 1909-S for its low mintage of only 309,000 coins, or for the 1864 with L on ribbon for being in the spotlight for a long time. In contrast is this Indian cent – the only one with a production figure of over 100 million pieces. It is:

a. 1895

b. 1859

c. 1907

d. 1904


2. In terms of classic commemorative half dollars available today, this one is the most plentiful:

a. 1922 Grant No Star.

b. 1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

c. 1926-S Oregon Trail.

d. 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.


3. In terms of 19th-century nickel five-cent pieces available today in Mint State, this one is the most plentiful:

a. 1883 Shield.

b. 1883 Liberty without CENTS.

c. 1878 Shield.

d. 1883 Liberty with CENTS.


4. If you collect trade dollars – and what a historical series this is! – then you won’t have to look far to find which one of the following four coins?

a. Mint State 1876-CC.

b. Mint State 1878-CC.

c. Mint State 1878-S.

d. Proof 1884.


5. Among early American coins, which of the following is one of the issues most often seen in Mint State?

a. 1773 Virginia halfpenny.

b. 1787 Bust Left Vermont copper. Ryder 15

c. 1783 GEORGIUS TRIUMPHO token.

d. 1787 New Jersey copper. Maris 56-n.


Answers: 1-c; 2-d; 3-b; 4-c; 5-a.