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Did you know....

Did you know....

  • Currency is actually fabric composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton. Currency paper had tiny red and blue synthetic fibers of various lengths evenly distributed through out the paper.
  • The dollar was officially adopted as our nation's  unit of currency in 1785.
  • The motto "In God We Trust" did not appear on paper currency until 1963.
  • It costs approximately 6.4 cents per note to produce U.S. currency.
  • About 4000 double folds (forward and backward) are required before a note will tear.
  • The average life of a Federal Reserve note depends upon its denomination:
    • $1 - 21 Months
    • $5 - 16 Months
    • $10 - 18 Months
    • $20 - 2 Years
    • $50 - 4.5 Years
    • $100 - 7.5 Years

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