E Pluribus Unum --""one composed of many""--is a singularly appropriate description of the astonishing variety of ""facts and fictions"" Mr. Lindheim has compiled here. Where else could you discover that the U.S. once had a one-cent nickel, when playing cards were used as currency, what ""freak"" coins are, whose girlish head adorns what Indian Head cent, how the Bureau of Engraving and Printing got its start, the time there was a ""United State of America,"" where the expression O.K. comes from, translations of Latin legends, who gathered together the only complete collection of U.S. coins and why Henry VIII was once known as ""Old Coppernose."" A treasury of miscellaneous anecdotes and information. Numismatists take note!