Here are some neat things about money.
- A dollar bill is exactly six inches long.
- A dime has 118 ridges around the edge, a quarter has 119.
- Almost half of the bills printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.
- A $1 bill is the most-used bill and only lasts about one and a half years before it is too worn out to use any more; a $5 bill lasts about two years; a $10 bill lasts about three years; a $20 bill lasts about four years; and $50 and $100 bills last about nine years. Bills that get worn out from everyday use are shredded and replaced with new ones.
- The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces 38 million bills a day with a value of about $541 million. Almost all of those are used to replace old worn-out bills.
- The United States government makes more than 10 billion pennies every year.
- Benjamin Franklin designed one of the first American coins. It did nt say “In God We Trust” like today's coins. It said “Mind Your Business.”
- There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar, using different combinations of coins.
- There are 9,823,546,661,905 ways to make change for a $100 bill, using other bills and coins.
- It costs the U.S. Mint 1.5 cents to make every penny. It costs 6 cents to make a nickel, worth 5 cents. This means that they lose money on every penny and nickel they make!