John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Currency trivia

According to Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag over at Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog, the South Dakota quarter will feature an image of Mt. Rushmore on the reverse. I thought that was pretty interesting, because it means that it will be the first U.S. coin to feature the same person on the front and the back. Some might argue that Abraham Lincoln is on both sides of the penny — if you look closely at the image of the Lincoln Memorial on the back, you can sort of see the statue of Lincoln in the center — but I don't think it counts, because if you didn't know that the building on the back of the penny is the Lincoln Memorial (it's not labeled as such), you'd never know that the little smudge in the center is a statue of Lincoln.

You can make a stronger case that Lincoln appears on both sides of the five dollar bill, because the picture of the Memorial is much larger. It's still not recognizable as a statue of Lincoln, though, so again, I don't think it counts. What is beyond dispute, however, is that Thomas Jefferson appears on both sides of the 1976 $2 bill. The reverse of that bill features John Trumbull's painting The Declaration of Independence, which shows Jefferson and the other members of the drafting committee presenting their work to the Congress.

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