More Articles from

In honor of Presidents’ Day, let’s test your knowledge of who’s on what bill

EconomistWhat do Presidents’ Day and the bank have in common?  No, it’s not taking the day off.

It’s money.  Presidents are featured on nearly all of the coins and currency we use today.

So, in honor of this Presidents’ Day, let’s have some fun seeing how much we know about money. 

Money Match Game:

How many faces of presidents and other historical leaders can you match to the correct bill?

George Washington

$10,000   bill*

Andrew Jackson

$100,000   bill*

Abraham Lincoln

$100 bill

Grover Cleveland

$20   bill

Thomas Jefferson

$500   bill*

Alexander Hamilton

$5,000 bill*

Benjamin Franklin

$50 bill

Ulysses Grant

$2 bill

William McKinley

$1,000 bill*

Woodrow Wilson

$1 bill

James Madison

$5 bill

Salmon P. Chase

$10 bill

*bills no longer in production

 As a former bank teller, it pains me that I had to look up everything over $500.  Then again, it’s not like I’ve ever seen a $500 bill.  But it was still fun testing my knowledge and looking up facts.  Here are a few other fun facts I found while researching our bills.

Interesting Money Facts:  Do you know…?


  • The first U.S. Mint was located right here in the Susquehanna Bank footprint in Philadelphia, PA, – The City of Brotherly Love.
  • There really are Mint Police.  Created back in 1792, the Mint Police are one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the US.  We’ve got to give these guys and gals credit for being so good at their job, we commonly use the phrase “as secure as Fort Knox” to mean impenetrable.
  • According to the US Mint’s website, before there was a Mint Police, there was a Mint Pup.  Yes, $3 was actually spent to purchase a dog to guard the very first mint.
  • It was the summer of ’69 when the U.S. discontinued all bills larger than $100 due to lack of use.  In fact the largest denomination ever created, the $100,000 Gold Certificate, was used exclusively by the Federal Reserve Bank.  Luckily, it was never available for public use.  Can you imagine trying to make change for one of those!
  • The term “Greenbacks” came from an early anti-counterfeiting measure where green ink was used on the back of bills.  Cameras at that time could only reproduce black and white images and were unable to counterfeit the image of the bills.  Green was apparently so popular it became the color of money for decades.
  • You have to be dead to get your face on legal U.S. currency.
  • George Washington isn’t the only member of his family to be featured on our money.  Martha Washington is the only woman to  be featured on a U.S. currency note —  the $1 Silver Certificate in the 1800s.
  • The motto “In God We Trust” has been inscribed on all coin and currency since 1955.
  • Paper money really contains no paper at all.  It’s 75% cotton and 25% linen.  So…do you think I could send a shirt in lieu of  my next credit card payment?  Somehow, I don’t think so.

For more fun activities and interesting facts, go to or check out Currency Notes on the website of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

 Match Game Answers:

1)     George Washington is on the $1 bill.

2)     Thomas Jefferson is on the $2 bill.

3)     Abraham Lincoln is on the $5 bill.

4)     Alexander Hamilton is on the $10 bill.

5)     Andrew Jackson is on the $20 bill.

6)     Ulysses Grant is on the $50 bill.

7)     Benjamin Franklin is on the $100 bill.

8)     William McKinley is on the $500 bill.

9)     Grover Cleveland is on the $1,000 bill.

10)   James Madison is on the $5,000 bill.

11)   Salmon P Chase is on the $10,000 bill.

12)   Woodrow Wilson is on the $100,000 bill.

[] [Digg] [Facebook] [Google Buzz] [Twitter]
Posted in Financial Education, Health and Fitness.

One Response to In honor of Presidents’ Day, let’s test your knowledge of who’s on what bill

  1. Claudia says:

    OK, now I have to go do some research on Salmon P. Chase!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>