Today is George Washington’s birthday! He would be 281 years old today. Here are some interesting facts about George Washington (from buzzle.com):
Our quarter has a picture of George Washington on it. But George Washington didn’t know that – he wouldn’t even know what a quarter was! When Washington was president in the late 1700’s, the currency in use was a British system full of pence, shillings, and farthings. George Washington’s face did not appear on the quarter until 1932! It was meant as a commemorative model to celebrate his bicentennial, but instead it became the long-lasting quarter design (Wikipedia.com).
Let’s do a math puzzle using the currency Washington would have used.
George left his home in Mount Vernon one morning, and on the way to work decided to stop and buy a few gifts for his wife, Martha. He bought her a checkerboard that cost 2 shillings, 6 pence, 1 farthings and a fancy new dress that cost 1/2 guinea and 9 shillings. He gave the shopkeeper 1 pound and 1 guinea.
Check back tomorrow, we’ll show our work and give the answers!