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The U.S. Dollar Bill: 10 Surprising Facts

Updated on January 9, 2010

I've read an article recently on lendingclub.com that contained some interesting facts regarding our U.S. dollar bill. Here are some that caught my attention:

1. 97% of all paper money contains traces of cocaine

2. In 1960, the Federal Reserve had $177.41 in cash circulating for every person living in the US. In 1990, that amount increased to $1,062.86 per capita

3. In 1865, the Department of the Treasury issued Gold Certificates, which were backed by gold and bullion deposits. These certificates stayed in circulation until 1933

4. On the $1 bill the Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means "God has favored our undertaking”

5.The Latin below the pyramid on the $1 bill, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means "a new order for the ages”

6. If you had $10 billion and spent $1 every second of every day, it would take 317 years for you to go broke

7. You'd need to fold a bill of any denomination about 8,000 times (first forward and then backwards) before it will tear

8. Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875

9. Money isn't made out of paper, it's actually made out of linen

10. On the $1 bill, you can see an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield," while a spider is hidden in the front upper right-hand corner




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    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      wow! These are truly remarkable facts. I must wonder - why cocaine? Is it a secret stash no one would question? WOW. Also fascinated by the fact that folding money can be folded so many times before weakening enough to break and the fact that it's made of linen. Linen is distinquished by its very LONG fibers, which must give it the strength. It is also very wrinkleable. LOL. Guess that's why newly printed bills get so ratty looking so quickly! I like the explanations of the various mottos and messages on the bills too. Pocahontas, huh? Amazing!! She almost made it to the winner's circle, then!

      VERY interesting hub, Cheryl! Thanks for the share!

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      Your welcome Nellieanna! I thought they were very interesting myself, especially the Pocahontas one. =)

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Cheryl, I was hubbering around and came across this hub. It reminds me of something I read once in another book, one on American money. It was some of the Foundation, for which, is the basis for my Hub - Degeneration of Value. Thank you for sharing it. The statistic about "drugs" tainting the money supply is actually pretty funny. It certainly shows that the "War on Drugs" was completely meaningless. :)

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      _cheryl_ 7 years ago from California

      I'll definitely check out that hub. I'm a sucker for weird and strange random facts. =P The drug one I thought was funny too! Thanks for checking it out Cagsil, I'll be stopping by to read yours soon. =)

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      Maryanne Maguire 6 years ago from Santa Monica, CA

      Ahhh - to be a billionaire and test that one :) FUn!

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      _cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

      Glad you enjoyed it Maryanne =)

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      freelanceauthor 5 years ago

      Quite interesting facts. Thanks for the share

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      _cheryl_ 5 years ago from California

      Your welcome! Thanks for checking it out :)

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 22 months ago

      I always find knowledge exciting and to know that we handle money every day and don't know the history boggles my mind. Have a great day.

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