The first official U.S. penny was minted in 1787 according to coinfacts.com, so this would make the oldest U.S. penny 227 years old as of 2014. According to the Professional Coin Grading service, these coins are still in existence.
A:Two nickels, which are worth 5 U.S. cents each, equal one dime, which is worth 10 U.S. cents. The diameter of a nickel is 0.835 inches with a width of 1.96 millimeters, while a dime is smaller, at 0.705 inches in diameter and 1.35 millimeters in thickness.
A:A watermark protects digital intellectual property, such as photos and artwork, from unauthorized use. It identifies the rightful owner of the work, which discourages other people from using it as their own.
A:The first official U.S. penny was minted in 1787 according to coinfacts.com, so this would make the oldest U.S. penny 227 years old as of 2014. According to the Professional Coin Grading service, these coins are still in existence.
A:No one knows exactly why the back side of a coin is called "tails," but it is easy to understand why the front side is called "heads." Common sense dictates that the reverse side would naturally bear the name of a body part located farthest from the head.
A:A farthing was a coin in the old monetary system of the United Kingdom that was worth one-fourth of a penny. It took 960 farthings to make up a pound sterling. Monetary inflation rendered the farthing virtually worthless by the 1950s, and it was removed from circulation in 1960.
A:Identifying any foreign coin is largely a matter of learning as much as possible about the coin from its markings, metal composition, country of origin and age. Many conversion tables are available online, once this information has been gathered, to translate dates and originator information. Sometimes this is difficult, as dates on Arabic coins are read right-to-left, according to the World Coin Gallery.
A:As of 2014, the dime is made out of a blend of metals called "clad." A copper center is sandwiched between two layers of a 75-percent copper and 25-percent nickel blend. The total composition of a modern dime is 91.67 percent copper and 8.33 percent nickel.
A:There are many online resources that offer value estimates of old paper money, including Heritage Auctions, Paper Money Guide, CoinSite and eBay. Professional appraisal by an expert in person is another possible option.
A:Jewelry marked as 950 silver means that the item is 95 percent pure silver. When stamped 950, it refers to its purity in parts per thousand. The remaining 5 percent is an alloy added to increase the hardness of the silver piece.
A:Elizabeth II coins are coins carrying the head of Queen Elizabeth II on them. All British coins and the majority of the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth carry the head of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side of the coin.
A:According to coin expert Susan Headley for About, the easiest process for cleaning old coins is to gently rinse the coins in a bath of warm tap water and mild dish-washing detergent. It is important to make sure that the hands are thoroughly washed to remove all surface oils and dirt that may potentially contaminate the coins. Headley stresses that cleaning old coins is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.
A:Silver dollars were discontinued in 1935. Half dollars, quarters and dimes were minted with a 90% silver alloy through 1964. While quarters and dimes went to a copper-nickel clad composition, half dollars used a 40% silver alloy through 1970.
A:To identify a worn coin, use a magnifying glass and a bright light to check the coin for signs of wear. Signs of wear include smooth rims, high points that are worn flat and print on the coin that is difficult to read. You need a magnifying glass with a power of up to 3x, a bright light, gloves and a soft surface to place the coins on.
A:The front of the Australian 50-cent coin features the profile of Elizabeth II. The back has gone through a number of design changes since first being introduced in 1966. As of 2014, the design features the logo of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
A:The length of a dollar bill is 6.14 inches, and the width is 2.61 inches. If one million dollar bills laid end to end lengthwise, they would extend 96.6 miles. One trillion dollar bills would extend 96,906,656 miles, which is farther than the distance to the sun.