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20 interesting facts about money


We earn, pay, transfer, throw away, save - money, but, in fact, we know nothing about them. Meanwhile, there are quite a few amazing facts about them.

We present a selection of 20 interesting facts about money that will be of interest to both adults and children.

1. In ancient times, pearls, shells, livestock, grain, fish, fur and other valuables were accepted as payment.

2. The dollar symbol $ appeared long before the American currency and even before the United States. $ is an amalgamation of the letters Ps, short for the Mexican peso, which was heavily used in the United States before its own currency. The sign became so entrenched in the United States that they continued to designate American dollars.


3. Banknotes are a breeding ground for infections. According to scientists, 94% of the world's money is infected with bacteria. Researchers at the University of Oxford tested several currency samples for germs and found that the 100 yuan was the dirtiest note, with more than 180 000 bacteria found on it. A relatively “clean” banknote can be considered a euro - 11 000 bacteria.

4. The life expectancy of paper banknotes is 3-5 years.

5. Before it becomes completely unusable, a bill manages to pass through the hands of 30-50 thousand people. By the way, the smaller the denomination of a banknote, the faster it wears out.


6. A million US dollars in $100 banknotes weighs approximately 10 kilograms.

7. Such a rare archaeological find as the ancient Greek dekadrachms are considered the most expensive money. The dekadrachm was minted in Athens, Syracuse and Akragant, as well as during the time of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC).

8. In the United States, it is illegal to depict people living today on money.

9. Ancient Rome was the first state to start minting round coins on an industrial scale.

10. The first paper money appeared in the Chinese Empire during the reign of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 BC), but these were private banknotes. The issuance of money at the state level began in the next Song era (970 - 1278).

11. All dollar bills feature former presidents, except for the most popular, the $100. Benjamin Franklin has never been President of America.

12. There is 30 times more money for the board game “Monopoly” than real American dollars.


13. At first glance, the 2005 euro and Azerbaijani manat banknotes can be easily confused. The fact is that the same person, the Austrian designer Robert Kalina, was involved in the development of the design of both banknotes.

14. There are 159 official currencies in the world at the moment.

15. In 1966, the bank patented the first ATM. Scottish engineer James Goodfellow invented the PIN code to identify customers. It is not known for certain, but initially the PIN code was six-digit. However, the inventor's wife could only remember 4 digits, so Goodfellow shortened the code.

16. 4,3 billion US dollars is the total amount per year that is lost from all places where money is stored (pockets, wallets, etc.).

17. The pound sterling is the oldest currency in the world still in use today. British currency was adopted in the 8th century AD.


18. Between 1821 and 1825, the “Russian-American Company”, which then controlled Alaska, issued 10 000 banknotes printed on sealskin. Today, approximately 40 sealskin banknotes remain.

19.In the Bahamas, since 2001, a denomination of 1/2 dollar has been in circulation. The banknote is very popular among numismatists.

20. There is no exact historical data, but many experts are inclined to believe that the word “money” comes from the Turkic designation of coins “tenge”. And the “penny” got its name during the time of Ivan the Terrible, when they issued money with the image of a horseman with a spear in his hand.

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