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What’s in Your Pocket? Tales of U.S. Banknote Design


Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305

Saturday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m.

Eugenie Foster, retired from the Federal Reserve and the Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, will share information and anecdotes learned during more than 25 years of working in currency design and distribution. Learn more about how and why U.S. currency looks, feels, and functions as it does.


Several fun facts:

1. Martha Washington is the only "real" woman whose portrait ever has been printed on US currency (1886 Silver certificate.) see below

2. The value of Federal Reserve Notes in circulation on December 31, 2013 was $1,163,852,310,236.

3. The highest value denomination of US currency ever printed by the US Treasury was the 1934 $100,000 Gold Certificate. It was used for transactions between Federal Reserve Banks and never entered circulation.

4. US currency is not printed on paper, but rather on a substrate that is made of a blend of linen and cotton.