Presidents dominate our paper currency and our coins as well. It wasn’t always this way, at least for coins. Twentieth-century designs include the Mercury dime, the buffalo nickel and the Indian-head penny, among others. Today, presidents rule— though one recent exception is our dollar coins.
The Treasury.gov Resource Center says, “Our records do not suggest why certain Presidents and statesmen were chosen for specific denominations.” Is that really so? We look into their likely reasoning in our infographic.