1. Has a woman's portrait ever appeared on U.S. paper money?

Martha Washington is the only woman whose portrait has appeared on a U.S. currency note.  It appeared on the face of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1886 and 1891 and the back of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1896.

2. In 2010, how many U.S. currency bills were delivered by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing?

6,400,000,000 or 6.4 billion!  This is about 1 bill for every person on the earth.

3. What was the average cost of producing these bills in 2010?

It cost 9.6 cents per note (or less than a dime each).

4. How much ink was used per day to print bills at the Fort Worth, Texas and Washington D.C. facilities?

It took 9 tons of ink or 18,000 pounds.  This is approximately the weight of 6 average sized cars!

Source: U.S. Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

 


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