After World War I, Germany experienced a period of ridiculous inflation so rapid that, reportedly, the value of a cup of coffee could double during the time it took to drink it. This also meant that everyday goods could suddenly be priced at millions or billions of marks (with salaries changing just as fast). As a result of the sudden confusion and anxiety that accompanied every purchase (“Is 50,000 marks a lot for a can of beans?” “Well, you can get a cup of coffee for 35,000 marks — oh, wait, they changed it again …“), Germany saw the rise of a brand new and unique mental disorder specific to that place and time: zero stroke. The persons afflicted with the malady are perfectly normal, except “for a desire to write endless rows of ciphers…“. Cashiers, bookkeepers, and bankers were most prone to this affliction. Besides a compulsion to write endless strings of zeros, individuals who suffered from this condition would reportedly become confused when referring to numbers and would state that they were 10 billion years old or had 40 trillion children.
A homeless woman in Calgary, Alberta found a purse with $10,400 in it and turned it into the police.
Chile printed a number of 50 peso coins in 2008 that misspelled the name of their country as “Chiie”. No one noticed until 2009, at which point the director of the Mint lost his job.
The North Korean government is one of the largest counterfeiters of U.S. $50 and $100-dollar bills, dubbed “superdollars,” as they are so close to the real thing that they’ve been referred to as “just U.S dollars not made by the U.S. government.“
There is a time capsule buried in 1968 in Amarillo Texas containing the passbook to a bank account with a $10 deposit, expected to be worth $1 quadrillion when it is opened in 2968.
In Germany around 1923, banknotes had lost so much value that they were used as wallpaper.
It makes people happier to spend money on others as opposed to themselves.
Nazis forged British pounds with a total value of 134,610,810. Their plan was to destabilize the British economy. The notes are considered among the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, being almost impossible to distinguish from the real currency.
You can buy a 5lb bag of shredded US currency from the government, containing approximately $10,000 worth of shredded money. It costs $45.