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Money trivia quiz

When it comes to money, is your knowledge trivial? Then you should do just swell with this quiz formatted to see how foxy you are about financial facts.

  1. Now, don't look! Who or what is pictured on the back of a penny?

    Abraham Lincoln
    The Lincoln Memorial
    The Lincoln Bedroom
    The Lincoln Continental
  2. Now that you're on a roll (or not), what's on the back of a dime?

    A torch
    A candle
    A sconce
    A scone
  3. Pennies are made up of only 2.5 percent copper. Which other metal makes up the bulk of these little suckers?

    Bronze
    Brass
    Zinc
    Nickel-brass alloy
  4. Hot off the presses: The Massachusetts Bay Colony issues the first paper money in the Americas -- and the year is:

    1660
    1690
    1776
    1793
  5. Maybe money's green because it rarely lives past its salad days. What's the average life span of a dollar bill?

    A pitiful six months
    A pathetic nine months
    A paltry 12 months
    A poignant 18 months
  6. When economists use the term ''debasement,'' they refer to:

    The reduction in coins' precious metals.
    The reduction in workers' self-esteem, due to loss of "real" spending power.
    The reduction of meaningful jobs in these high-tech times.
    The part of a business or residence that is below street level.
  7. Only one of these is an example of bullion. Obviously, it is:

    A Treasury note.
    An aggressive company's stock.
    A silver ingot.
    Chicken.
  8. The Federal Reserve System issues currency through its 12 districts. Which of these fine American cities is not the headquarters of one such district?

    New York
    Cleveland
    Los Angeles
    Kansas City
  9. All paper money has imprinted on its face an initial and a letter that indicates its ''birthplace.'' Which historic city can claim bragging rights to number ''1,'' letter ''A''?

    Boston
    Williamsburg
    Charlotte
    Philadelphia
  10. Most of the currency, or currency-related paper, in circulation in the United States is in the form of:

    Federal Reserve notes.
    IOUs from co-workers (take a moment and glare at yours now).
    Silver certificates.
    $20 bills.
  11. In addition to the Treasurer of the United States, who else has his or her signature appearing on U.S. currency?

    The president
    The chairman of the Federal Reserve Board
    Katherine McPhee from American Idol (part of her consolation prize)
    The Secretary of the Treasury
  12. If you have what's colloquially referred to as a ''C-note,'' you:

    Sing for your supper.
    Have a promissory note -- you should live so long as to collect.
    Have a certificate of deposit.
    Have a $100 bill.
  13. She was the only woman whose portrait ever appeared on U.S. paper money -- a silver certificate, specifically. She was:

    Mary Lincoln.
    Martha Washington.
    Mamie Eisenhower.
    Dolly Madison -- which greased the way to her still-thriving cake business.
  14. Who makes the final decision as to whose portrait appears on our currency?

    The vice president (you knew he had some official role)
    The president
    No one person -- it's done by committee
    The Secretary of the Treasury
  15. Which term describes the rate at which each dollar changes hands, as it circulates hither and yon, and then yon and hither?

    Gallup
    Turkey Trot
    Altitude
    Velocity
  16. The top 25 billionaires in this country could:

    Pay off a whopping 50 percent of our entire national debt.
    Pay off 10 percent of our entire national debt -- still pretty decent, you must say.
    Reach halfway to the moon, if placed atop their money, stacked in single dollar bills.
    Kiss your big (fill in colorful adjectives of your choice) bee-hind.
  17. It is not legal for U.S. currency to bear the portrait of someone who is:

    A known philanderer.
    Tone deaf.
    A graduate of clown college.
    Not dead.
  18. The ridges on the sides of coins are called:

    Spilts or stokes.
    Splits or spikes.
    Reeding or milling.
    Ridges (duh!).
  19. Something happened to paper money in 1997. Bills issued since that time:

    Are crisper.
    Have a fresher ''new money'' smell.
    Smell like teen spirit.
    Have larger print and portraits.
  20. To deter counterfeiting on newfangled, high-tech copiers, which security measure was added to $50 and $100 bills in 1990?

    Microprinting
    Microchipping
    Micro minis (look closely on background figures)
    Micronized dyes activated by digital devices
  21. Coins and paper which must be accepted as payment for debts are known as legal:

    Recourse.
    Tinder.
    Tender.
    Tarmac.
  22. The term that refers to the relative ease of converting various assets into cash is:

    Mobility.
    Morbidity.
    Liquidity.
    Infinity.
  23. Finish this famous old jingle: ''Shave and a haircut...''

    ''Two pence.''
    ''Two bits.''
    ''Two bucks.''
    ''No tipping permitted.''
  24. Without pulling that wad of fifties from your pocket, do tell who or what is depicted on that denomination, front and back.

    Andrew Jackson and the White House
    Harry Truman and his daughter on the piano (um, Harry's on the front, his famous daughter and her piano are on the back -- you did read it that way, right?)
    Ulysses S. Grant and the U.S. Capitol
    Tina Turner and the Ikettes

-- Updated: Aug. 7, 2006

 

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