33 Facts You Didn’t Know about Money

33 Facts You Didn't Know about Money #infographic | www.TheHeavyPurse.comThis week has been a huge roller coaster in the markets, which has left many investors feeling uncertain. As you can imagine, my week has been very busy answering questions and alleviating fears. I know many of you have similar questions and concerns as well. Next Monday, I’ll talk some more on the recent market volatility and more importantly — how to respond to market swings.

In the meantime, to keep things light as we head into the last weekend of August, I wanted to share this fun infographic on the 33 Facts You Didn’t Know About US Money from

33  Facts You Didn't Know about U.S. Money #Infographic |

Can you imagine a 50 cent bill? I also found it interesting that being too perfect is one way to identify counterfeit money. 🙂 And I certainly wouldn’t mind having one of those $100,000 gold certificates!

What money fact was new to you or the most interesting?


August 28, 2015  •  16 Comments  •  infographic


  1. Friday, August 28th, 2015
    Great graphic! 90% of bills have been contaminated by cocaine? I would have never guess that.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      It's kind of outrageous! Knowing what's "on" our money, almost makes me not want to handle it. :)
  2. Friday, August 28th, 2015
    Hey Shannon! Where do you get your infographics made? I love them and am looking to have some made (for my company). Any info would be great. Thanks! Oh and my favorite fact is the bacteria fact - so gross!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      This infographic was one we were sent, but Tanya makes the ones for The Heavy Purse. I'll let her know that you're interested!
  3. Friday, August 28th, 2015
    Wow! Fractional currency! Lots of interesting facts. Thanks for sharing.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      You're welcome, Tre. Given how many people dislike pennies and even coins today, I can't imagine having them as bills!
  4. Friday, August 28th, 2015
    Cool infographic Shannon! Having worked in a bank for about a year, I always feel like I need to bathe myself in hand sanitizer after touching cash lol. I imagine this week has been a busy one for you - weeks like this stoke a lot of fears, which is why the right mindset is so vital.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      I bet you did. And now I also understand why so many bank tellers and store cashiers do have hand sanitizer at their station! It has been a crazy and hectic couple of weeks. And you are absolutely correct, the right mindset makes a huge difference. Sadly, so many people want to stoke fears, rather than educate.
  5. Friday, August 28th, 2015
    Very interesting! I would love to have the biggest bill :) haha!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      You and me both, Michelle!
  6. Sunday, August 30th, 2015
    Feeling thankful because I just learned another 33 facts about money. #19 is very interesting.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      Glad I could help educate you. It is amazing to learn what it is "on" all of our money!
  7. Monday, August 31st, 2015
    Interesting about nickels that were produced during the early 40's that didn't actually have nickel in them. That was during WWII so the military was probably using the nickel for things they needed to build to fight the war.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
      Good point, Mackenzie. It was probably needed and more useful helping our soldiers!
  8. Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
    Interesting!! I knew about the germs, but not the cocaine!! Thanks for sharing!
  9. Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
    I learned enough disgusting stuff about what is on money to give me another reason to not use cash :)
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