Mark Twain made a substantial amount of money throughout his career but lost most of it. He lost the equivalent of $9,000,000 on a typesetting machine investment, his publishing company failed after selling only 200 copies of one of his books, & he was forced to sell his house in Connecticut.
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.
At age 71 legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen discovered he was nearly broke after his long time manager and former lover stole $5M. The theft started after Cohen entered a Zen Buddhist retreat when he retired, believing he had enough money to live there the rest of his life.
Early American money was inscribed with the phrase “To Counterfeit is death”.
The $2 bill makes up 1% of currency circulation. Its scarcity in daily use has confused some merchants who believe the bill to be fake. A 13 year old girl in Texas was detained by police when she tried to pay for her school lunch with a $2 bill, because the school’s counterfeit pen wouldn’t work on it.
Two penniless brothers living in a cave inherited $6.6 Billion from a long lost Grandmother.
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 2008, a man made $50,000, penny by penny, by opening thousands of fake accounts and pocketing the 1 or 2 cent verification deposits.
Currency shaped like knives was in circulation in China from 770 to 220 BC.