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. They originated with only the Chance cards in The Landlord's Game. 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] The name refers to Community Chest organisations in the United States, which funded community projects in the early 20th century. It is used unchanged in the UK edition, despite community chests never having existed in the country.


The 1906 published Landlord's Game included Chance cards with quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson, John Ruskin and Andrew Carnegie.[2] Daniel Layman's Finance board game included both Chance and Community Chest cards.[3] 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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Monopoly Rules - Chance and Community Chest. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  2. ^ Ketcham, Christopher (October 19, 2012). "Monopoly Is Theft". Harpers. Harper’s Magazine Foundation. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Finance". Monopoly History. World of Monopoly. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "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.