Who Is On Each U.S. Coin?
Until the 20th century, historical figures never appeared on U.S. coins. Instead, American coins usually portrayed an allegorical Lady Liberty rather than any real person.
That tradition changed in 1909 with the first Lincoln penny. By 1971, all six coin denominations in the United States featured the likeness of a former president.
Follow the links below to find out who is pictured on each American coin denomination today.
Who is on the penny? Wheat cent featuring President Abraham Lincoln
Wheat cent featuring President Abraham Lincoln
Who is on the nickel? Nickel featuring President Thomas Jefferson
Nickel featuring President Thomas Jefferson
Who is on the dime? Dime featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dime featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Who is on the quarter? Quarter featuring President George Washington
Quarter featuring President George Washington
Who is on the half dollar? Half dollar featuring President John F. Kennedy
Half dollar featuring President John F. Kennedy
Who is on the dollar coin? Dollar coin featuring Sacagawea
Dollar coin featuring Sacagawea
Learn more about U.S. coins with these helpful articles from the experts at Gainesville Coins:
"Tricky Ikes" - The Story of the Silver Eisenhower Dollar
Most Valuable Kennedy Half Dollars
17 Most Valuable Quarters: Price List With Pictures
Roosevelt Dime: Values & Historical Background
15 Most Valuable Jefferson Nickels: Complete Price Guide
Lincoln Wheat Penny: Values & Key Dates
Everett has been the head content writer and market analyst at Gainesville Coins since 2013. He has a background in History and is deeply interested in how gold and silver have historically fit into the financial system.
In addition to blogging, Everett's work has been featured in Reuters, CNN Business, Bloomberg Radio, TD Ameritrade Network, CoinWeek, and has been referenced by the Washington Post.
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