Interesting Monetary Trivia Part I

Here you'll find some interesting trivia facts about the money you spend and collect every day.
  • The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces approximately 38 million notes a day with a face value of approximately $541 million.

  • The paper used to print currency is composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton--it is not actually paper! Red and blue synthetic fibers are distributed evenly throughout the paper as a security measure.

  • "In God We Trust" was first put on coins in the Civil War but didn't make it onto all coins until 1955.

  • 95% of the bills printed each year are used to replace bills already in circulation.

  • If you were to stack a million $1 bills, it would be around 361 feet high.

  • Counterfeiting money is a felony, convictions can result in prison sentences for as long as 15 years and fines of up to $15,000.

  • The largest denomination currency note produced by the United States was the $100,000 gold certificate, series 1934. It was never intended for circulation--it helped facilitate monetary transfers between banks at a time when computers did not exist.

  • Parker Brothers has printed more money for its Monopoly games than the Federal Reserve has issued in real money for the United States.

  • Martha Washington is the only woman whose portrait has appeared on a U.S. currency note. It appeared on the face of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1886 and 1891, and the back of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1896.

  • If you had 10 billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would require 317 years for you to go broke.

  • If you have three quarters, four dimes and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins possible without being able to make change for a dollar.


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