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Did you know these fun facts on U.S. currency?

  • The U.S. government adopted the “dollar” as the official money unit of the United States in 1785. The most commonly used denominations in the United States are the $1 and the $20; outside of the United States, it’s the $100 note.
  • All forms of paper currency issued by the U.S. government since 1861 are considered legal tender and redeemable even today at full face value.
  • The U.S. government prints over 8 billion notes each year; enough to wrap around the earth’s equator over 30 times!
  • Neutral-colored U.S. currency paper is composed of 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton. Red and blue synthetic fibers of various lengths are distributed evenly throughout the paper.
  • The last U.S. currency with background color was the $20 Gold Certificate, Series 1905, which was tinted gold.

Next year, that wallet full of drab greenbacks you're carrying around will bloom into a paper bouquet of colored money.
Q: What was the highest-value note ever printed?

A: The highest-value bank note ever printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was the $100,000 Gold Certificate, Series 1934. These notes were not circulated among the general public, but only issued for transactions between Federal Reserve banks and the U.S. Treasury.

Want to learn more? We encourage you to visit our Web site at for more information about U.S. currency, and remember... the newly designed $10 note will be issued in early 2006!