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All About the Benjamins: The $100 Bill by the Numbers

In an attempt to thwart government counterfeiters, the government has designed a $100 bill even it can't print correctly. The redesigned C-note's February release had to be postponed after printing problems cause some bills to come out creased and partially blank. Here's a look at current U.S. monies, by the numbers.

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The U.S. makes 4.42 billion more $1 bills than $100 bills. That's nearly 2x the number of $1 bills and 9x the number of $100 bills made 20 years ago.

1 out of every 10,000 U.S. bills in circulation is counterfeit.

90% of paper money has traces of cocaine on it. The amount ranges from .006 micrograms (thousands of times smaller than a grain of sand) to 1,240 micrograms (about 50 grains of sand).

The most-tracked bill on Wheresgeorge.com is a $1 note that's traveled 4,191 miles in the three years it's been tracked.

In 1910, there was $3.1 billion in circulation, about $34.07 per person in the U.S. Now, there's $888.3 billion, about $2,893.42 per person. Roughly 4.3% of that value is from coins.

On billboard's top rap singles chart of 1998, Puff Daddy's song "It's All About the Benjamins" hit no. 4.

The $5 bill has the shortest lifepsan, lasting on average just 16 months. That's 8 months less than the typical $1 bill and 73 months less than the $100 bill, the longest-lasting note.

Only three nonpresidents grace the U.S. monies now in production: Benjamin Franklin {$100 bill}, Alexander Hamilton {$10 bill} and Sacagawea {$1 coin}.

It cost $120 million to manufacture the 1.1 billion new bills printed before production was halted in December. Wach redesigned bill includes a 3-D security ribbon with 650,000 "micro-lenses."

Each coin costs 1.6¢ to make. Each coin costs .

2/3 of the 6.5 billion $100 bills in circulation are outside the U.S.

In 2009, the U.S. printed 26 million bills per day, adding up to $907 million.

The U.S. Mint lost $19.8 million making pennies in 2009 and $2.2 million making nickels.

A pre-1982 penny is 95% copper, now worth about 2.5¢. Today's penny is 2.5% copper (the rest is zinc).

$46 million: the size of the contract with Crane & Co., the company making the newfangled security threads.

One of the biggest heists in history: On November 8, 2008, a global crime ring stole $9 million from 2,100 ATMs in 280 cities.

35% of all transactions in the U.S. happen in cash.

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  • Gordon king

    I understand the dirty little secrete about the $100.00 bills is that they are a huge money maker for treasury because of the demand from the drug cartels. It is there preferred currency and even thought treasury and the White House knows that is where the demand comes from they refuse to cut back production because of the profits they make form them.

    Is that true ?