Community Chest Cards Assignment

According to The Monopoly Companion, Community Chest was Atlantic City's "forerunner of the United Way." It is fitting, then, that Community Chest cards are most likely to give you money. In Atlantic City, Community Chest was located near Pacific Avenue. It is fitting that one Community Chest space is near Pacific Avenue on the board. Community Chest cards are usually yellow, and sit next to Free Parking. The treasure chest symbol on the board was not added until 1936. Before then, the space had only text.

Space Locations


The text on each card in the current (as of Sept. 2008) U.S. Standard Edition (the "Atlantic City Edition") is as follows, Differences in one or more previous US editions appear in {scrolled brackets} (where actual texts were in various sizes of ALL CAPS, though this peculiarity is ignored below). Art in one or more of those editions is described in <angle brackets>. (Parentheses) are in the originals.

Difference in the UK standard edition should appear in [square brackets]

  • Advance to Go (Collect $200) <Mr. M strides in 7-league boots>
  • Bank error in your favor – Collect $200 <Mr. M falls back in astonishment as an arm presents a sheaf of cash out of a bank teller's window>
  • Doctor's fees {fee} – Pay $50 <Mr. M angrily brandishes crutches as he stomps with a leg cast>
  • From sale of stock you get $50 {$45} <Mr. M, happily entangled in the tape of a stock ticker, waves cash (with no $ sign this time)>
  • Get Out of Jail Free {Get out of Jail, Free} – This card may be kept until needed or sold <A winged Mr. M flutters out of a bird cage>
  • Go to Jail – Go directly to jail – Do not pass Go – Do not collect $200 <A truncheon-wielding policeman in a light-colored uniform lifts a surprised Mr M by the collar>
  • Grand Opera Night {Opening} – Collect $50 from every player for opening night seats <A wall sign near steps reads "Opera Tonite - 8 PM Sharp"; Mr. M leans against it checking his pocket watch in annoyance>
  • Holiday {Xmas} Fund matures - Receive {Collect} $100 <Mr. M carries along a giant Xmas sock containing a sheaf of cash>
  • Income tax refund – Collect $20 <Mr M faints back against a man displaying the Refund paper>
  • It is your birthday - Collect $10 from each player {Not in the deck}
  • Life insurance matures – Collect $100 <Below an I N S sign stands a bent Mr M, his long beard brushing the floor>
  • Pay hospital fees of $100 {Pay hospital $100} <A bored nurse holds out her hand for payment while Mr. M holds 2 swaddled infants, one in each arm>
  • Pay school fees {tax} of $150 <A bespectacled schoolboy unhappily receives a head pat and a dime ((Rockefeller style) from Mr. M.>
  • Receive $25 consultancy fee {Receive for services $25} <As Justice of the Peace, a stern Mr. M holds out his hand for fee from an embarrassed groom whose bride hold a bouquet behind him>
  • You are assessed for street repairs – $40 per house – $115 per hotel <Mr. M., supported by his near-ubiquitous cane in his left hand, holds a pick and shovel over his right shoulder>
  • You have won second prize in a beauty contest – Collect $10 <Mr. M preens with a sash and large bouquet>
  • You inherit $100 <Mr M. holds his head as unseen people's hands offer brochures titled "Buy Yacht", "World Tour", and "Rolls Royce">

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]

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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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