The city of Trier, Germany, sold 0 euro banknotes with Karl Marx’s portrait printed on them in 2018, commemorating Marx’s 200th birthday, having been born in the city.
Early American money was inscribed with the phrase “To Counterfeit is death”.
In Australia, torn money is valued by the percentage of the banknote remaining. Half of a $20 bill is valued at $10. Banknotes must be greater than 20% of the original size to have any value. If a banknote is 80% or greater in size it is worth the full value.
In New Jersey, the back door of an armored Brink’s truck wasn’t working properly and opened during the drive. Cash came pouring out of the truck, causing much excitement and chaos – including car crashes – on the morning drive.
In November of 2018, an ATM in Houston, Texas, dispensed $100 bills instead of $10 bills by mistake. Word quickly spread on social media about the broken ATM, and people formed a line of cars to get the extra cash. Bank of America disabled the ATM and released the following statement: “This was an incident at a single ATM in Houston caused when a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. We have resolved the matter. Customers will be able to keep the additional money dispensed,” according to ABC13.
In 2009, an Israeli woman accidentally threw away her mom’s mattress with $1 million dollars stashed inside.
A study showed the brain’s pain receptors activate when we see high prices, but using credit cards instead of cash effectively anesthetizes the pain of paying.
A Dairy Queen in Kentucky accepted a fake $200 bill, giving 198 in change.
Only 8% of the world’s currency is physical money, the rest only exists on computers.
In Germany around 1923, banknotes had lost so much value that they were used as wallpaper.
There are ATMs in Antarctica.
Only 8% of the world’s currency exists as physical cash, the rest is electronic.