Interesting U.S. Currency Facts

For instance:

  • The Mint is responsible for producing military medals (such as the Silver and Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross) as well as the Congressional Medals.
  • “In God We Trust” was first put on coins in the Civil War but didn’t make it onto all coins until 1955.
  • “E Pluribus Unum” was first used in 1795. “E Pluribus Unum” means “One from Many,” one country from many states.
  • The lifespan of a coin is thirty years, the lifespan of a bill is a mere 18 months.
  • The ink used to print the bills are magnetic and so vending machines use that as one of the means of detecting whether a bill is legitimate.


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