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16 Mind-Blowing Facts About Money That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Harriet Tubman will soon replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman in more than a 100 years and first African American ever to appear on the front of a paper note. But this is far from the first big change our nation currency has seen.


There was once a $100,000 bill

The largest note ever printed was the $100,000 Gold Certificate (printed from December 1934 through January 1935.) They were only used in transactions between Federal Reserve Banks and the U.S. Treasury. (Here are 13 facts about your brain that will blow your mind -- no pun intended.)

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The grooves on your quarters serve an important purpose

A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge; a dime has 118. The grooves were added to keep people from scraping off the coin faces and selling them as precious metals. Here are some more random trivia facts you'll wish you knew sooner.


The secret service was created to stop counterfeiting

Following the Civil War, between a third and half of all cash in circulation was counterfeit. The U.S. Secret Service was originally created on July 5, 1865 to fight the counterfeiting epidemic. Don't miss these other surprising facts about the Secret Service.


A carolina farm boy funded the country for 25 years

The first U.S. gold rush started in North Carolina in 1803, when 12-year-old Conrad Reed found a 17-pound gold nugget on his father's farm. It supplied all the gold for the nation's mints until 1829.

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The tech boom is NOTHING compared to the Gold Rush

Thanks to the tech boom, rent and grocery bills in San Francisco have rocketed 21 percent above the national average—but that’s nothing compared to the Gold Rush. In the 1850s, a dozen eggs could cost you the equivalent of $90 in today’s money, a pick axe the equivalent of $1,500, and a hotel room upwards $300,000 a month. Just goes to show: If there’s a gold rush, sell pickaxes. And check out this list of incredibly random facts about everything -- literally.

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There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar

Need to keep someone busy for a long time? There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. Challenge them to find them all. These are 15 facts about America that your U.S. History teacher neglected to tell you.

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