Sunday, May 15, 2011

13 Things You Never Knew About the $100 Bill

1. A $100 bill lasts for approximately 9 years before becoming to worn out to use.

2. It would take 20.4 pounds of $100 bills to make $1 million.

3. 48% of the notes printed by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving are $1 notes.

4. In the image of the Independence Hall on the $100 bill, the clock in the steeple is set at 10 past 4.

5. The numeral four on the clock face is incorrectly written as "IV" whereas the real Independence Hall clock face has "IIII"

6. The $100 bill is the largest denomination currently in use in the US currency.

7. The first $100 notes were issued in 1862 by the Federal Government.

8. Traces of cocaine are found on nearly 80% of all bills circulated in the US.

9. 11.9% of US paper currency production is represented by the $100 bill.

10. Approximately 75% of all US $100 bills circulate outside the United States.

11. The $100 bill is one of only 2 notes that does not feature an image of a past US president.

12. $100 bills are commonly referred to as "Benjamins" in reference to the image of Benjamin Franklin's portrait, or "C-notes" in relation to the roman numeral for 100, C.

13. Higher denomination bills of $500, $1000, $5000 and $10,000 were retired in 1969