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How the New $20 Bill Works

With the introduction of the new $20 bill, the U.S. Treasury has introduced a whole new element to the dollar: color. Learn about the new look of the currency and about the benefits of the new features.

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  • Can I really trade my dollars in for gold bullion?

    Can I really trade my dollars in for gold bullion?

    You can trade your dollars in for gold bullion from Fort Knox whenever you want -- right? Maybe not. See more »

  • How Currency Works

    How Currency Works

    What is currency, exactly? We all know currency is a piece of paper or metal you can trade for stuff you need or want, but who decides what your money is worth? And why does its value fluctuate? See more »

  • How Exchange Rates Work

    How Exchange Rates Work

    What exactly is the cost of money? What are the fundamentals of exchanging dollars for other currency? We'll explore these questions, plus give tips for money-changing travelers. See more »

  • How much actual money is there in the world?

    How much actual money is there in the world?

    The Federal Reserve is responsible for tracking all of the money in circulation and on deposit in the United States. That's a formidable job for just one country, so how does one count all of the money in the world? See more »

  • How the Euro Works

    How the Euro Works

    Believe it or not, the Euro was the idea of Winston Churchill in 1946, when he suggested the creation of the "United States of Europe." See more »

  • How the New $20 Bill Works

    How the New $20 Bill Works

    With the introduction of the new $20 bill, the U.S. Treasury has introduced a whole new element to the dollar: color. Learn about the new look of the currency and about the benefits of the new features. See more »

  • On the Money: Test Your Knowledge on the World's Craziest Currencies

    On the Money: Test Your Knowledge on the World's Craziest Currencies

    Humans have assigned value to all kinds of things through the ages, from stones to spices. There’s even money made for potential encounters with alien life. How much is the intergalactic value of a Space Quid? The answer may surprise you! See more »

  • What would a moneyless world look like?

    What would a moneyless world look like?

    For the people of Anuta, money is an afterthought, not a reason for being. How does a gift economy work, and can generosity and gratitude alone really keep a community going? See more »

  • Why are the penny and the nickel the only U.S. coins with images that don't face left?

    Why are the penny and the nickel the only U.S. coins with images that don't face left?

    Learn why Lincoln and Jefferson don't face left like all the other presidents on U.S. coins. See more »

  • Why would the U.S. mint a trillion-dollar coin?

    Why would the U.S. mint a trillion-dollar coin?

    The idea of minting a trillion-dollar coin to pay the U.S. national debt seemed intriguing, if far-fetched. Though it was nixed by the Fed and the Treasury, could it have worked – and why? See more »

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