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The sites below provide answers to frequently asked questions about U.S. money covering such topics as buying, selling, and redeeming denominations, legal tender status, portraits and designs, production and circulation, facts about individual banknotes, counterfeiting, and collector fact sheets.

Anatomy of a Bill NOVA Online
Part of Secrets of Making Money External Link PBS Online
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/moolah/anatomy.html External Link

Dollars and Cents: Fundamental Facts About U.S. Money
Federal Reserve Bank (Atlanta)
http://www.frbatlanta.org External Link

FAQ's: Currency
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Currency/Pages/default.aspx

Fun Facts on Paper Money
Federal Reserve Bank (San Francisco )
http://www.frbsf.org/federalreserve/money/funfacts.html External Link

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/

The New Color of Money
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
http://www.newmoney.gov/newmoney/default.aspx

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Woman posed with stack of packages of $1 silver certificates at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D.C. [between ca. 1950 and ca. 1969]

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Woman posed with stack of packages of $1 silver certificates at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D.C. [between ca. 1950 and ca. 1969]


Prints and Photographs Division (Library of Congress)
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-92466

History

The History of Money
https://www.minneapolisfed.org/.../our-money-teaching-unit/the-history-of-money External Link

Colonial Currency
A project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment, University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Special Collections.
by Louis Jordan
http://www.coins.nd.edu/ColCurrency/ External Link

The Leslie Brock Center for the Study of Colonial Currency
University of Virginia
http://people.virginia.edu/~ms3uf/brock/index.html External Link

Theories on the Dollar Sign

There are many theories as to the origin of the dollar sign. None have been "verified," but many feel that the most likely explanation is from the abbreviation pieces of 8 (peso) seen referenced in Spanish currency.

Cajori, Florian. A History of mathematical notations. Chicago, IL: The Open Court Publishing Company [1928-1929]
LC Call Number: QA21.C135 1928
LC Catalog Number: 28024355

Origin of the Dollar Sign
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/faqlibrary.html

Scroll to the middle of the above FAQ page to locate the information on the origin of the dollar sign.

Origin of the Dollar Sign
by Mark Brader
The English Usage site
http://www.alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxorigin.html External Link

The Word "Dollar" and the Dollar Sign $
Origins, History and Geography of Dollar Currencies

by Roy Davies
http://www.ex.ac.uk/~RDavies/arian/dollar.html External Link

Individual Bills

U.S. Currency (U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing)
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrency.html

United States Dollar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_dollar External Link

U.S. One Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._one_dollar_bill External Link

U.S. Two Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._two_dollar_bill External Link

U.S. Five Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_five_dollar_bill External Link

U.S. Ten Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._ten_dollar_bill External Link

U.S. Twenty Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._twenty_dollar_bill External Link

U.S. Fifty Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._fifty_dollar_bill External Link

U.S. Hundred Dollar Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._hundred_dollar_bill External Link

Large Denomination bills in U.S. Currency
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_denomination_bills_in_U.S._currency External Link

Last updated: 01/21/2015

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