Who Is On Our Money?

Dear Dima, Egor, Artem and Tema,

Hello. How are you? My name is Stephanie. I turned 11 years old in August. My birthday is August 1st. The season here is fall. It turned fall 3 or 4 days ago. Most of the students in the sixth grade (what grade I am in) are 11 or 12 years old. I go to school every day except Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 3:00. I like skating, pizza, swimming, my hamster (Cinnamon), my dog (Pretty Girl), to play my flute, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and crafts. I have a lot of other favorite things but those are just a few.

We are doing the money project, too. We have found you on the map. Our coins are quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Our dollars are 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 10.00, 20.00, 50.00, 100.00, 500.00, 1,000.00, 5,000.00, 10,000.00, and maybe more. The most common dollar bills are the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. These are the people on the dollar bills:

Dollar Front Back 1.00 George Washington The Great Seal 2.00 Thomas Jefferson Signing of the Declaration of Independence 5.00 Abraham Lincoln Linclon Memorial 10.00 Alexander Hamilton U.S. Treasury 20.00 Andrew Jackson The White House 50.00 Ulysses S. Grant U.S. Capitol 100.00 Benjamin Franklin Independence Hall 500.00 William Mc Kinley "Five Hundred" 1000.00 Grover Cleveland "One Thousand" 5000.00 James Madison "Five Thousand" 10000.00 Salmon P. Chase "Ten Thousand" 100000.00 Woodrow Wilson "One Hundred Thousand" ------------------------------------------------------------ Coins: $0.01 Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Memorial $0.05 Thomas Jefferson Monticello $0.10 Franklin D. Roosevelt Torch and springs of laurel and oak $0.25 George Washington Eagle $0.50 John F. Kennedy Presidential Seal $1.00 Susan B. Anthony Eagle (in a coin)

What does your money look like? Please tell me because I am very interested. The last coin can be either a coin or paper money. I really hope that you write back.

Your keypal,

Who's on each coin?

1. The Penny is worth one cent. Abraham Lincoln is on the front of the Penny, and on the back of the Penny is the Lincoln Memorial. The Penny contains 95 percent Copper, and 5 percent Tin and Zink. It weighs 3 grams. People call it the Penny, and other people call it the cent.

2. The Nickel is worth 5 cents. It has Thomas Jefferson on the front, and the Monticello, (Jefferson's home) on the back. It's color is silver.

3. The Dime is worth 10 cents. It has Franklin D. Roosevelt on the front, and a torch with the Olive Branch and the Oak Branch on the back. It's color is also silver.

4. The Quarter is worth 25 cents. It has Goerge Washington on the front, and the American Eagle on the back. It's color is Silver.

5. The Half Dollar is worth just what it says, a Half of a dollar! Its color is Silver. It has John F. Kennedy on the front, and The Great Seal on the back.

6. The Silver Dollar is also worth just what it says, one dollar. Its color is Silver. It has Dwight D. Eisenhower on the front, and the Bald Eagle with one Olive Branch on the back.

What's on each coin?

Every coin has to be stamped with the exact amount of money it is worth. The word "Liberty" is also stamped on each coin to remind us that we live in a country that has freedom. The motto "E pluribus unum" ("Out of many, one") tells us that lots of people joined together to form our nation. The motto "In God We Trust" has been printed on all coins since the year 1984. The letter D is stamped on coins from Denver Mint, P stands for Philadelphia, and S means San Francisco.


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