Thursday, July 14, 2011

Money, Money, Money, Gimme...

July 14 rolls around I always think "Bastille Day." But for this post, let's head in a different direction. It was on July 14, 1969 that the United States withdrew from circulation these denominations of official currency.




















That "Woodrow" was certainly no "greenback."


QUIZ


Why is the $100,000 bill not a greenback?

Which bill above features a portrait of a non-President?

Who is it, and what is his "claim to fame"?

Which bill currently in use features a portrait of a non-President?

Who is it, and what is the denomination of his bill?


Images: Wikipedia

10 comments:

John Cowart said...

Hi Vanilla,

Hold on a second. Let me run in and check my wallet to see how many of these bills I have, then I'll come back and answer your quiz.

Never mind.

My wife got there first.

John Cowart

Vee said...

Vanilla, how cool would a guy have seemed if he carried a $10,000 bill in his wallet? I'm impressed when a $100 bill appears. But then I'm easily impressed. My stash usually includes a few ones, maybe a five, and an occasional ten or twenty.

jimgrey said...

I knew the larger bills were gone, but not the $500 bill. You learn something new every day!

Somewhere around here I have a few old Silver Certificates. Wonder if I could still cash them in for silver. Somehow I doubt it.

Grace said...

Photos are about the only way I would have ever seen those!

Secondary Roads said...

Q. Why is the $100,000 bill not a greenback?

A. It was released only as a gold certificate.

Q. Which bill above features a portrait of a non-President?

A. The $10,000 bill.

Q.Who is it, and what is his "claim to fame"?

A. It is Salmon P Chase. He was a US senator from and governor of Ohio. He was Lincoln's treasury secretary. He was also a chief justice of the supreme court.

Q. Which bill currently in use features a portrait of a non-President?

A. The $100 bill.

Q. Who is it, and what is the denomination of his bill?

A. Benjamin Franklin. [Redundant] It is $100.

vanilla said...

John, isn't that the way of it? Guy puts back a few thousand in mad money, and wife raids the wallet.

Vee, and to put it in perspective, say that guy was carrying that $10K note in 1960 when it was still in circulation, it would have been equivalent to $76,339 in today's dollars.

Jim, I have a few silver certificates, too. I would not bet the Mickey Mouse that you can trade them in for silver.

Grace, me too. I have, though, seen large quantities of money, not mine. As a messenger, I was sometimes admitted into the bank before hours. A "cube" of ten or twenty dollar bills is a pretty impressive sight! That $100K gold certificate is pretty nifty, too.

Chuck, 100 correct! And yes, there is a redundancy in the final part of the 'test.' I don't need to post the answers now, since you have provided them. (Do you mean the B. Franklin of kite-flying fame?)

Sharkbytes said...

Hmmm- i like quizzes

not sure about the 100,000 bill- was it not part of the original 'greenback' series- so they really didn't make it green?

the $10K bill has Salmon P. Chase- Sec Treas under Lincoln

current $100 has Ben Franklin

vanilla said...

Shark, nice job on the quiz. The "Woodrow" was a gold certificate, and thus not a "greenback."

Secondary Roads said...

That would be the B Franklin referred to. However, if you only know him for that you really should dig deeper into this amazing man. There's a lot more there than we are usually taught.

vanilla said...

Chuck, the kite thing was tongue-in-cheek. I have long been intrigued by this B Franklin, and in fact I was 13 when I first read his autobiography.