Coins of Legacy: 10 Iconic Figures Who Define U.S. Currency

Abraham Lincoln

on the Penny (One Cent): Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, known for leading the country during the Civil War and abolishing slavery, was the first historical figure featured on a U.S. coin in 1909, marking his 100th birthday​​​​.

Thomas Jefferson on the Nickel (Five Cents)

The third President of the U.S., principal author of the Declaration of Independence, appears on the nickel, symbolizing his contributions to the foundation of American democracy​​.

Franklin D. Roosevelt on the Dime (Ten Cents)

Roosevelt, the 32nd President, who led the country through the Great Depression and World War II, is commemorated on the dime, highlighting his leadership during challenging times​​.

George Washington on the Quarter (Twenty-Five Cents)

The first President of the United States and a founding father, Washington's likeness on the quarter represents the nation's beginnings and his role in its formation​​.

John F. Kennedy on the Half Dollar (Fifty Cents)

Kennedy, the 35th President, remembered for his progressive vision and Cold War leadership, is honored on the half dollar, reflecting America's respect and nostalgia for his presidency​​.

Sacagawea on the Dollar Coin

This coin features Sacagawea, the Shoshone interpreter who played a crucial role in the Lewis and Clark expedition, symbolizing the significant contributions of Indigenous peoples and women to American history​​.

Susan B. Anthony on the Dollar Coin (1979-1981, 1999)

Anthony, a pioneer in the women's suffrage movement, was the first woman to be featured on circulating U.S. coinage, representing the fight for gender equality​​

Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Dollar Coin (1971-1978)

The 34th President and a World War II General, Eisenhower appears on the dollar coin, commemorating his military leadership and presidency during the Cold War era​​.

Alexander Hamilton on the Ten Dollar Bill (not a coin but noteworthy)

As the first Secretary of the Treasury and a founding father, Hamilton's inclusion on currency underlines his impact on the American financial system and government structure​​.

Benjamin Franklin on the Hundred Dollar Bill (again, not a coin but significant)

Franklin, a founding father known for his contributions as an inventor, diplomat, and thinker, appears on the hundred dollar bill, symbolizing American ingenuity and the Enlightenment ideals that shaped the nation​​.