Heads or Tails?

Video highlights from Going Deep With David Rees

Learn all about this simple decision making technique - Going Deep with David Rees

  •     The Commission on Presidential Debates relies on coin flips to determine whether the Republican or Democratic candidate gets to answer first.
  •     The one-cent piece flipped by Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove to determine what the city of Portland would be named is on permanent display at the Oregon Historical Society.
  •     Press operators at the US Mint spot check each batch of new coins.
  •     In the sixteenth century, the Spaniards established mints in Mexico and South America to coin the gold and silver mined there.
  •     Football Hall of Famer Turk Edwards saw his career come to a premature end when he twisted his knee while walking back to the sideline after calling the opening coin flip.
  •     David’s coin features an image called “Seated Liberty” on the front. It was designed by assistant engraver Christian Gobrecht.
  •     If David were alive and flipping coins in 1855, he’d be able to choose from eight different U.S. coins: the dollar, the half dollar, the quarter dollar, the dime, the half dime, the silver three-cent piece, the cent, and the half cent.
  •     The United States minted the first dollar coin in 1794. Today, a 1794 “flowing hair” dollar can fetch upwards of $10 million at auction.
  •     The tiny ridges found on the edges of U.S. quarters and dimes are known as reeding.

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