101 Fascinating Money Facts

101 Fascinating Money Facts

Money! What better way to celebrate the election than to talk about money? These facts cover U.S. currency, world money, and historical money. They range from the depressing to the exciting, from the shocking to the bizarre. Here are 101 fascinating money facts for you to enjoy.

General Money Facts

1. The study of money is called numismatics. 2. The first Philadelphia Mint used horses in harness to drive the machinery that produced coins. 3. The first paper money was made in Chine 1,000 years ago. 4. The first coins were made about 2,500 years ago.

General Money Facts

1. Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on more currency than any other person. 2. There are over 170 different currencies in use around the world. 3. There is more Monopoly money printed every year than actual money. 4. Only 8% of currency is in physical form.

U.S. Currency Money Facts

1. 38 million notes with a face value of $541 million are printed every day. 2. 95% of the notes printed each year replace those already in circulation. 3. Almost half of all notes printed are $1 bills.

U.S. Currency Money Facts

1. A two-cent coin was minted between 1864 and 1873. 2. The marks “S,” “D,” “P,” or “W” designate the Mint where the coin was produced. 3. The 4 U.S. Mints are located in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point, New York.

Debt Facts

1. The total outstanding U.S. consumer debt is currently $3.9 trillion. 2. 37% of all households carry some sort of credit card debt. 3. 1 in 5 Americans have a zero or negative net worth.

Debt Facts

1. Gambling in the U.S. brings in more revenue than theme parks, sporting events, cruise ships, and music combined. 2. 96% of Americans will not be able to retire by age 65. 3. The total amount of outstanding student loan debt hit $1 trillion in 2012.

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