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Currency

The Currency channel explains all you ever wanted to know about dollars and cents. Check out these articles for in-depth information on what happens to money in the economy (or in your washing machine.)

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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.

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?

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."

How Often Do State Quarters Come Out, and How Many Does the Mint Produce?

The mint began producing state quarters in 1999. Learn about the schedule of state quarter minting.

How much gold is there in the world?

How much would all the money in the world weigh and how much would it be worth? Find out what "all the money in the world" really means.

If all the money in the U.S. only totals $6 trillion how can the New York Stock Exchange have stocks valued at $15 trillion?

Ever wondered why the stock exchange is valued at 15 trillion dollars, while the amount of money in the U.S. is only 6 trillion? Learn why the stock exchange can be valued higher than a nation's total financial value.

How does a dollar bill changer work?

Have you ever wondered how a dollar bill changer converts your bills to change? Learn how a dollar bill changer works.

Why doesn't paper money disintegrate when it gets washed in the washing machine?

Why doesn't washing paper money cause it to disintegrate? Learn how paper bills are made to withstand excessive use (or misuse!).

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