Have you ever wondered how many people have touched the cash sitting in your wallet? Maybe you're curious as to what all those strange symbols mean on the dollar bill? It's no secret that U.S. currency has a strange and fascinating history. Listed below are ten strange facts about U.S. currency that will change the way you look at money forever. Hopefully when you're done reading this, you'll be an expert about the one thing everybody wants: cold, hard cash.
10 The most counterfeited bill is the $20 bill.
9 Currency is actually made of linen and cotton.
8 A bill's life cycle depends on its denomination.
7 The most valuable bill ever produced was the $100,000 gold certificate.
6 Living presidents cannot be featured on currency.
5 Money is extremely dirty.
4 It costs more to produce a nickel than a dime.
3 The Secret Service's original objective was to suppress counterfeiting.
2 The pyramid on the back of the dollar bill represents the growth of a nation.
1 Coins are pickled prior to minting.
Just like pickled pig’s feet or pickled eggs, the blanks of coins are soaked prior to their minting. However, unlike pickled foods, the coins are soaked in a different type of mixture. Rather than soaking in vinegar, coins are pickled in a special chemical solution. So, why would coins need to be given the same treatment as pickled eggs? The chemical solution used on these coins polishes and cleans them. Since these coins are blank, the chemicals wash away any blemishes found on the surface of the coin.
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