Roughly 2,500 years ago, the very first currencies were created. The land of many firsts (that we know of!) China was the first country to adopt paper currency over 1,000 years ago.

You may not give much thought to the wealth you use daily, but you should. You might be surprised to learn some interesting facts concerning your coins and notes.

It turns out that the stuff we carry in our pockets every day has more mysteries than we imagined. Do you know what materials are used to make bills? (Hint: they’re not made of paper.) The duration of a normal bill's circulation? Or why does the government issue new varieties of coins so frequently? Or how much will rare coins earn for their collectors?

Click through that to learn more about your currency, from secret meanings on coins to security mechanisms you may not have known about.

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