Chance and Community Chest cards

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Chance cards and Community Chest cards are special cards used in the board game Monopoly and Finance. The player draws one of these cards when the player's token lands on one of the respectively named spaces on the Monopoly board and must follow its instructions. For most of either type of card after the directions are followed it is put back on the bottom of the deck.

There are sixteen each of Chance and Community Chest cards in the standard editions (U.S. and UK) of Monopoly.[1] Chance cards in the standard US edition (and older UK editions) are dark orange; Community Chest cards are yellow. The 1982 Canadian edition contained green Chance cards along with yellow Community Chest; cards were larger than in a standard US set with rounded corners. Since 2008, the cards now have a symbol of a ? for Chance cards and a blue chest for Community Chest cards.

The cards first appeared with the development of what became Monopoly in the 1920s. Daniel Layman's Finance board game included Chance and Community Chest cards.[2] The first Monopoly editions, self-published originally by Charles B. Darrow, and later by Parker Brothers, featured a few different cards from the ones printed currently. Editions published between 1933-1935 featured only text on the cards, which is still true of most UK editions, as well as translations based on the UK standard edition. Various illustrations appeared on the cards in the U.S. edition starting in 1935, and the more familiar illustrations featuring the Rich Uncle Pennybags character were introduced in 1936.

Easy Money has one set of cards, Give-or-Take.[3]

Other editions[edit]

Chance and Community Chest cards are customized for other local and special editions. The names of properties are adjusted for location/theme-based boards, and the cards are further customized for local currency, though the actual amounts often stay the same.


  1. ^ Monopoly Rules - Chance and Community Chest. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  2. ^ "Finance". Monopoly History. World of Monopoly. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "USA - Easy Money". Monopoly History. World of Monopoly. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • Passing Go: Early Monopoly, 1933-1937 by "Clarence B. Darwin" (pseudonym for David Sadowski), Folkopoly Press, River Forest, Illinois. Pages 19, 198-206.

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