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Home --> Business --> Funny Money

Funny Money

Money — it's the tangible symbol of the economic strength and viability of our country, which makes it prime fodder for all sorts of unusual legends.

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        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet An automobile included in the scene pictured on the back of the U.S. $10 bill is a Model T Ford driven by Bonnie and Clyde.

Red bullet The new Canadian $10 bill is being recalled because it includes a misprint of the poem "In Flanders Fields."

Red bullet The Canadian $2 bill (or $5 bill or $10 bill) depicts the American flag flying over Parliament.

Red bullet U.S. law specifies that a creditor does not have to accept more than 100 pennies towards the payment of a debt or obligation.

Red bullet The letters 'JS' on the U.S. dime represent the initials of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Green bullet A significantly large percentage of U.S. currency bears traces of cocaine.

Green bullet $2 bills are considered unlucky.

Green bullet A loon appears on Canada's one-dollar coin because the original dies, featuring another design, were lost in transit.

Green bullet Some new Wisconsin quarters contain a printing error that makes them especially valuable.

Red bullet The plastic strip embedded in U.S. bank notes enables the Feds to tell how much money you have on you.

White bullet Tale of a Taco Bell employee who refused a $2 bill because he thought it wasn't real.

Red bullet U.S. buffalo nickels are being recalled because the bison depicted is anatomically correct.

Red bullet New U.S $5 and $10 bills contain printing errors.

Green bullet A collector deliberately placed three valuable U.S. coins into circulation in New York in April 2006.

Green bullet A Canadian banknote included an image resembling a grinning devil behind Elizabeth II's ear.

Green bullet A U.S. penny costs more than a cent to make.

Green bullet Search for counterfeiter of dollar bills lasts ten years.

Red bullet You can tell counterfeit $2 coins (toonies) circulating in Canada from real ones by the size of the Queen's portrait.

Multi-status bullet Article explains the origins of the symbolism on the back of the U.S. one-dollar bill.

Red bullet New Canadian polymer bills melt easily.

Red bullet Wrapping bills in tinfoil keeps them from being detected by scanning devices.

Multi-status bullet Canadian $2 dollar bills are worth $20,000.

Red bullet It is illegal to carry $10,000 or more in cash.

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