How Many Dollar Bills Are in Circulation?

The US Mint Produces Huge Amounts

Written by Carly Hallman

We make, spend, trade, count, shuffle, and burn a lot of money here in the US. We deal with money every day, but rarely do we contemplate where it comes from. Despite the prevalence and popularity of plastic, there is a huge amount of dollar bills and coins in circulation produced by the US Mint.

How Many Dollar Bills in Circulation?

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How many dollar bills are in circulation?

There are approximately 11.7 billion one dollar bills in circulation in the US, with 8.9 billion 20 dollar bills and 11.5 billion 100 dollar bills. There are about 39.8 billion notes in circulation all together. For coins, there are about 28 billion in general circulation.

What are some unusual notes in circulation?

Many people ask the question, “Are 500 dollar bills in circulation?” These notes have not been continued since 1969, but may still appear. They are legal tender. The last time the 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, and 500 dollar bill were printed, it was 1945. Among the much cheaper variety is the famous two dollar bill, but it’s still easily found, with about 1.2 million notes in circulation.

What is the largest dollar bill in circulation?

 While a legal tender 10,000 dollar bill exists, with the portrait of Salmon P. Chase, there is one much higher: the 100,000 dollar bill. However, that gold certificate was only used and circulated among Federal Reserve Banks during the Great Depression in 1935, so they’re exceedingly rare. It cannot be held by note collectors.

While it wasn’t available to the general public, that note, printed with a picture of Woodrow Wilson, is the largest US bill in circulation. But reasonably, taking into account the availability to the public, the 10,000 dollar bill may be considered to be the actual largest bill in circulation.

What US coins are available?

Design changes are quite frequent, but the penny, dime, nickel, quarter, and dollar coins are the most frequent types of US coins in circulation. In terms of rarest coins, numismatics enthusiasts may debate quite a bit; many times they’re ordinary coins that are badly struck. The least-minted coins in circulation are often different versions of the dollar and half-dollar coins. Historically, there have also been half-cent, two-cent pieces, three-cent pieces, half-dimes, and others. The US Mint produces many other types of commemorative coins, proof sets, and medals that can sometimes be one-of-a-kind or exceedingly rare as well.

How long does a dollar bill typically last?

All US currency has a life cycle; new notes are made to replace old ones and the old ones are destroyed. Coins last typically around three decades, whereas bills need to be replaced with frequency, depending on the type of note. A 10 dollar bill is replaced every 4.5 years, whereas a 100 dollar bill is replaced every 15 years. Complicated machines check bills for dog tears and graphiti, and if the notes are not up to their standards, they’re shredded.

What if you have a bad bill that’s practically unusable? Is it illegal to burn money? As it turns out, you can get a 100 dollar fine or up to six months in prison for burning money.

How has the value of the dollar changed?

Once upon a time, the gold/dollar value wasn’t so mysterious, and you can redeem your cash for gold or silver certificates for silver. The US dollar and coin are considered to be floating money. But don’t worry. The federal government has about $11 billion in gold reserve

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