Strange Dollar Bill Facts and Myths.
The bucks starts here
The first buck that was declared legal tender (meaning everyone had to accept it) was issued during the civil war. These bills, aptly called “greenbacks”, were used to pay soldiers at a time when coins were scarce.
Money on the hoof
Back before the days of paper money, Americans traded buckskins, hence the name “bucks”. Imagine the thrill you’d feel after winning the 1772 lottery and taking home a million bucks.
What’s the Pyramid with the eye all about?
That pyramid you see on the back of your buck is actually the reverse side of the great seal of the united states (the well known eagle is on the front). The pyramid represents strength and permanence and has
been left unfinished to signify the future growth of the country, and its pursuit of perfection. Look closely and you ll see 1776 printed along the bottom in roman numerals. The eye surrounded by the sunburst represents the Deity. The Latin translates to “he has favoured our undertaking” and “a new order of the ages”.
Money comes with a money-back guarantee
Should you inadvertently burn, shred, soak or otherwise mutilate your money, the kind people in the office of currency standards in Washington, D.C. will sort through the remains in search of redeemable money. If they can account for 51% of a bill, they ll give you a replacement. These folks have seen it all: burned mattresses, moldy money, unburied treasure. I one noteworthy case, several hundred dollars were retrieved from the belly of one very unhappy cow.
The largest bill ever printed was the $100,000 bill. Woodrow Wilson was the president honored on this bill.
Now here’s a real bargain
It costs a mere 4.1 cents to make a $1 bill. Of course if you want a real bargain, so go for the $100 bill: it costs just the same.
One business that always makes money
All U.S. Currency is printed at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in either Washington, D.C. Or Ft. Worth, Texas. Between the 16 presses at the two plants, they can churn out 2.5 million bills a day. Not a bad day’s work, especially when $100 bills are being printed.
If you made a stack of just the worn $1 bills that are destroyed in a single year, the stack would tower 200 miles into the sky. Mt. Everest is a mere five miles tall. There’s a thought to keep you awake at night.