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Everything About a Dollar

Find out what you don’t know about a dollar!

The $1 bill is one of the most overlooked things in the world. We see them every day, they all look the same, and they haven’t changed in decades. But there are some interesting facts about the dollar bill most people don’t know.Hand holding a dollar bill

There are over twelve billion $1 bills in circulation. That is 1,201,078,404 pounds of bills!

Dollar bills aren’t made of paper; they are actually 75% cotton and 25% linen.

Three-quarters of a bill still counts as a whole dollar. You’d need both halves, with matching serial numbers, if it’s torn in half. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a Mutilated Currency Division if you need more help.

The number thirteen is everywhere. From the 13 steps on the pyramid to the 13 arrows in the eagle’s talon, along with the 13 stars and stripes on the Great Seal. All of it is in reference to the original 13 colonies.

The average $1 bill stays in circulation for around five to six years. In comparison, a $20 bill lasts about eight years, a $50 bill has a life of about eight and a half years, and a $100 bill stays around for about 15 years. However, $5 and $10 bills only last about five and a half and four and a half years, respectively.

The last time the $1 bill was updated was 1963. It is the oldest bill design.

It costs 5.4 cents to print $1, by far the cheapest bill to print. The lack of new designs is a huge part of this cost savings.

George Washington wasn’t the first Washington on the front of the dollar bill. His wife, Martha, was. Salmon P. Chase was the first person on the $1 bill. He was Secretary of the Treasury at the time the first bills were printed.

There are eleven possible cities that your $1 bill was printed in. The first letter in the serial number is the code to find what city it was printed in.

  • A = Boston
  • B = New York
  • C = Philadelphia
  • D = Cleveland
  • E = Richmond
  • F = Atlanta
  • G = Chicago
  • H = St. Louis
  • I = Minneapolis
  • K = Dallas
  • L = San Francisco

You can track your dollar bill by going to and entering the serial number. They even have a live map so you can see how far some bills travel.

There are tons of weird and interesting facts about money that there isn’t room for here. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers a lot of information about money. Go raid your piggy bank and start looking for small details and see what you can learn about all your cash.

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