12 Amazing U.S. Dollar facts, that you probably didn’t know

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5. Lucky Number Thirteen

Lucky Number Thirteen

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Many people associate the number thirteen with bad luck, but if you’re a millionaire, it just might be your favorite number of all (next to one million).

This is because the number thirteen pops up again and again on the US dollar. The eagle which features prominently on the bill hovers in a sky of thirteen stars, while the pyramid consists of thirteen steps. “Annuit Coeptis” contains thirteen letters, as does “E Pluribus Unum”. The olive branch features thirteen leaves and thirteen berries, so everything is distributed evenly, which is possibly the only time that can ever be said in relation to money.

6. Latin Lessons

Latin Lessons

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Believe it or not, most Americans are not fluent in Latin. Of course, that’s no reason to not include a phrase in the dead language on the dollar bill.

The one-dollar bill contains the words “Novus Ordo Seclorum” just below the pyramid. This translates to “A New Order for the Ages”, which isn’t going to help that whole Illuminati conspiracy thing.

7. Also Known As

Also Known As

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When Puff Daddy rapped about his life being “all about the Benjamins”, he was not, contrary to popular belief, discussing his love of historical figure Benjamin Franklin. He was actually referring to one hundred-dollar bills, which are also known as “Benjamins” because they bear the image of the founding father. To avoid ambiguity, Diddy really should have referred to one hundred-dollar bills by one of their other names, such as a C-note or a Hundo.

If you want to be a rapper like Puff Daddy but want to be economical about it, you should rap about your love of fifty-dollar notes(it’s all about the Grants). But if you’re really thrifty, you just might be all about the greenbacks.

8. Odd One Out

Odd One Out

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Speaking of Benjamin Franklin, the founding father is the only person whose image currently appears on American paper money who was never President of the United States. Despite this, Franklin’s face adorns the one hundred-dollar bill, the largest of the seven denominations in circulation today.

Come 2020, Benjamin Franklin will no longer be the odd one out. Three years from now, Andrew Jackson, who currently has a nice spot for himself on the twenty-dollar bill, will be replaced by Harriet Tubman, making her the second non-president to be featured on modern-day US paper money and the first woman.

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