Personal Finance Trivia: U.S. Currency

Personal Finance Trivia: What Do You Know About U.S. Currency?

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Money can be a fascinating topic. There are a ton of interesting facts relating to United States currency. Wow your friends with these fun tidbits:

  • U.S. paper currency issued ever since 1861 is still valid legal tender.
  • One-dollar bills make up 45% of all notes printed.
  • The government prints about eight billion notes every year.
  • Each piece of paper currency weighs one gram.
  • U.S. law bars any living person from appearing on a piece of currency. This has been a law since 1866.
  • The public figures who appear on U.S. paper currency have not changed since 1929.
  • Did you know that the term “greenback” came from non-interest-bearing notes called Demand Notes, which were issued by the U.S. in 1861? These notes, which had green backs, were used to finance the Civil War.
  • The only woman to ever appear on U.S. currency was Marsha Washington. She appeared on $1 Silver Certificates in 1886, 1891, and 1896.


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