… That 3,000
Euro are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day. The coins are collected
at night, and used to fund a Supermarket for needy citizens.
…That there is about 500 billion
of U.S. currency in circulation and most of it is held outside of
the United States?
…That the people
used to save their cash in kitchen jars made of a clay called pygg,
and people called them pygg jars. Later they became known as piggy banks
and were made in the shape of pigs?
… That the Bureau of Engraving and Printing prints 37 million
notes a day with a value of around $ 696 million dollars?
… That currency is printed on cotton, not paper?
…That if we laid each current
U.S. bill printed side by side they would stretch around the earth's
equator about 24 times?
… That in l943, pennies were only made of copper for a short
time? This was during World War II, and the U.S. needed the copper
to make communications equipment for the war. Because of this, pennies
were made of steel.
…That the U.S. Mint and Bureau
of Engraving and Printing have also made money for foreign countries,
such as Mexico, Philippines, and Cuba?
…That there are only 9 engravers
in the whole U.S. who do all the engraving for the Bureau of Engraving
…That in the U.S., the $20
is the most counterfeited
…That in l997, a total of
$136,205,241 in counterfeit U.S. currency was discovered worldwide?
…That the U.S. Mint and the
Bureau of Engraving and Printing work as manufacturing plants and
their only customer is the Federal Reserve Bank?
…That the U.S.
Secret Service was established to stop counterfeiting ?
…That if your money is mutilated
if you can account for 51% of your bill the Standards in Washington,
D.C. will gladly replace your money?
Wilson was honored on the 100,000 bill.
…That the pyramid on the back
of the $1 bill represents strength and permanence and it looks unfinished
to symbolize the future growth of our country?
…That it only
costs 4.1 cents to make a $1 bill. It costs the same thing to make a
… That in the early 1900's
you could return dirty money to Washington to be cleaned? If the bill
is in good shape, they would wash it, iron it, and reissue it.
…That when bills finally wear
out, they are sent back to the Federal Reserve Banks where a machine
sorts out the good, the bad, and the counterfeit? The counterfeit
bills are sent to the Secret Service. The worn out bills are pulverized
and buried. They used to burn old bills, but because of the lead in
the ink, they are now buried.
…That Paul Revere
is credited with engraving the plates used to print the first paper
money in the U.S.?
…That before paper money was used, Americans used buckskins for
money? This is where we get the term "bucks."
…That there are 4 automobiles
and 11 light posts on the back of the $10 bill?
… That if you used a magnifying glass, you can see Abraham Lincoln
sitting at the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a penny?
…That the $500,
$1000, $5000 and $10,000 bills have not been printed since 1946?
… That the following Presidents were on the faces of U.S., notes?
Denomination of Bill President
$1 George Washington
$2 Thomas Jefferson
$5 Abraham Lincoln
$10 Alexander Hamilton
$20 Andrew Jackson
$50 Ulysses S. Grant
$100 Benjamin Franklin
$500 William McKinley
$1,000 Grover Cleveland
$5,000 James Madison
$10,000 Salmon P. Chase
$100,00 Woodrow Wilson
…That Fort Knox
in Kentucky, has been the place where the U.S. has stored its gold since
1938? It is a bomb-proof building. The gold is stored in concrete in
steel vaults and is protected by guards with machine guns.
… That money is transported to and from the Federal Reserve Banks
by armored car. The vehicle are covered with steel plates and is bullet