The 20-dollar bill is one of the most popular currency amounts in the United States. In 2016 8.9 billion of these bills were printed.
The only bill that is printed in greater quantities than the 20 is the one-dollar bill. In 2016 11.5 billion one-dollar bills were printed.
We are all familiar with the fact that Andrew Jackson is on the 20-dollar currency in the United States. Some people may not know that until 1928 Jackson was not the face of this currency. Grover Cleveland was on the bill before then.
But how much else do you know about the money in your pocket. Do you know how much it weighs? Or what it is made from?
Let’s look closer at the United States currency and see what we can discover.
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How Much Does A 20-Dollar Bill Weigh?
The 20-dollar bill weighs 1.0 g or 0.03 ounces. As a matter of fact, all the American bills weigh the same amount.
To make a pound of twenties you would need to stack 454 of them on top of each other.
The “paper” money in the United States is actually made of 75% cotton and 25% linen.
How Much Cotton is Used in Money Creation?
In one pound of “paper” money from the U.S. there are ¾ pounds of cotton.
In 2009 there were 6,240,000,000 bills printed. It took 10, 308,370 pounds of cotton or 21,476 bales to create that money.
The cost of the cotton used in 2009 was $7,215,859 dollars.
Did You Know
In 2030 the face of the twenty is going to change again.
In 2016, President Barak Obama’s Secretary of Treasure announced that Harriet Tubman should replace Jackson on the face of the twenty. Harriet Tubman’s likeness would honor the 100th anniversary of the 15th amendment that gave women the right to vote.
Many people also disagree with Jacksons’ likeness to the currency because Jackson was a slave owner and he forced the removal of Native Americans through the Indian Removal Act.
The back of the bill will still be adorned with a vignette of the White House.
Interesting Money Facts
- Bacteria that could cause pneumonia and other infections are present on the bills.
- In Detroit, Orlando, Miami, and Los Angeles the majority of paper money tested positive for traces of cocaine.
- There is a website called Where’s George that will allow you to use the serial number on a bill you have in your possession to trace where the bill has been.
- If you tear a bill in half tape the two pieces together and take them to a bank where they will be exchanged for an undamaged one.
- If you look closely at the bill, you will see that the eagle has 13 talons. The Great Seal has 13 stripes and 13 stars. The pyramid also has 13 steps leading up to it. This number 13 represents the original 13 colonies.
- If you use a magnifying glass and look very closely at the top right cor5ner of a one-dollar bill you will see that just to the left of the top of the number 1 there is something that looks like a very tiny spider or owl in the webbing pattern located there.
How Much Does A $50 Dollar Bill Weigh?
The $50 bill weighs 1.0 g or 0.03 ounces.
How Much Does A 20-Dollar Bill From Canada Weigh?
About 0.934 g so the Canadian paper money is lighter than American paper money.