Quiz: How Much Do You Know About US Seal Types?
Posted on 10/18/2016
While they are a very important feature in determining varieties, Treasury seals can easily be forgotten. Have you ever considered collecting US type notes by Treasury seals before? Collecting by Treasury seal is a great alternative and often overlooked, but most importantly, a fun way of collecting banknotes.
How much do you know about United States Treasury seals? Take our quiz to find out. When complete, the answers can be found at the bottom of the article. [Please note, this quiz will contain information only for large size banknotes.]
1) What year was the first Treasury seal seen on a US banknote?
2) With the exception of the Demand Notes and the Two-Year Notes of 1861, all large size notes feature the Treasury seal.
3) When did the concept of the Treasury seal first come about?
4) When was the Treasury Department founded? Hint: this same year they adopted the seal which was already in use.
5) All seals feature a shield and what two items? Hint: these two items represent justices and official authority. Fun Fact: did you know the 13 stars represent the 13 original colonies?
- Stars and Stripes
- Scales and Key
- Gavel and Hammer
- Blindfold and a Fist
Here are two more interesting facts: The amount of spikes around the seal represents the amount of states at that time. Each seal carries a Latin motto: “Theasur(i) Amer(icae) Septent(rionalis) Sigil(lum)” or “Seal of the Treasury of North America”.
6) What color was never used on large size notes for their seals or for the serial number?
Fun Fact: As per the BEP, no documentation has been found detailing why certain seals were placed on certain notes.
Now that you have taken the test, how did you do? Compare your answers to the answer key below.
Below are samples of the Treasury seals that can be found on large size type notes.
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