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What Material Is Used to Make U.S. Paper Currency?
By Denise Bertacchi, eHow Contributor
U.S. paper currency isn't printed on normal wood pulp paper, but a specially durable "currency paper." This extraordinary material can withstand wear and tear that would cause every day paper to fall apart. Special security features are built into the material to prevent illegal counterfeiting of paper currency.
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"Currency paper" is a special blend of cotton and linen fibers, with threads of red and blue fibers mixed in for extra security.
Security threads were added in 1990s to prevent counterfeiters from bleaching small bills and reprinting them. The security threads show the bill's denomination. One and two dollar bills do not have this feature.
U.S. currency is printed with color shifting inks on the lower left side of the front of the bill. The ink shifts from green to black when tilted.
The U.S. government changed the look of its currency in 2003 when it added color to the $20 dollar bill. Since then the $5, $10, $50 and $100 dollar bills have also been updated with colored ink.
Old and worn out money is removed from the system when it passes through the Federal Reserve Banks. Money that is too worn is shredded and either sent to land fills or packaged as souvenirs.
The $5 dollar bill has the shortest average life span, only lasting 16 months in circulation. Next is the $10, which lasts an average of 18 months, and the $1 for 21 months. $100 tend to last for seven years before wearing out.
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What Is the Fiber Used to Make Paper Money? By Denise Bertacchi, eHow Contributor
Modern paper money isn't exactly made out of paper, but a specially produced "currency paper" that holds up to wear and tear--even water--much better than ordinary paper. Many security features are built right into the paper to prevent counterfeiters from illegally copying the money.
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