Why don’t US coins have a number?

Why don’t US coins have a number?
Why don’t US coins have a number?
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The word “cent”, for example, only appears written on two coins: 1 (one) and 5 (five) “cents”. But, on the streets, they are popularly called by other names: “penny” and “nickel”.

The 25 and 50 coins are known as “quarter dollars” and “half dollars”. And that’s how its values ​​are written: “quarter dollar” and “half dollar”.

Because coins have been the same shape and size for hundreds of years, it is easy for Americans to identify them. But tourists, not just Brazilians, break their heads.

Why are coins like this

Not even the United States Mint (the American mint) can answer. According to a report on the website “How The Stuff Works”, the only time any authority made an official statement on the matter was through the American embassy in Japan. Diplomats released a document to explain to the Japanese the differences between American currencies (but this document is no longer available on the embassy website).

We do not have any information available about why the United States shows the value of currencies in words instead of numbers. Occasionally, the United States Mint uses a numerical description on some of our coins. However, this is an exception, not the rule.

The article is in Portuguese

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