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The US One Dollar Bill
The US one dollar bill is paper money worth one hundred US cents. One dollar is written $1.00.
SIZE: US currency bills are are 2.61 inches wide and 6.14 inches long; they are .0043 inches thick and weigh 1 gram.
COMPOSITION: Bills are composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton; red and blue synthetic fibers are distributed throughout the paper.
PRODUCTION OF DOLLAR BILLS: It costs the US government 4.2 cents to produce a U.S. bill. US currency bills are printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). The BEP prints about 16,650,000 one dollar bills each day. Most of these are used to replace worn, older bills (which are shredded). According to the US Treasury, there are billions of one dollar bills in circulation.
LIFE SPAN: The average dollar bill has a life span of about 18-22 months.
THE ONE DOLLAR BILL IN CIRCULATION:
The front (obverse) of the one dollar bill is printed in black. It pictures George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.
The words that appear on the front are, "FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE," THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE," "Washington, D.C.," "Washington" (under Washington's portrait), "ONE DOLLAR," the name of the Federal Reserve Bank where the bill originated, and various serial numbers and marks. It is signed by the Treasurer of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury.
The back (reverse) of the one dollar bill is printed in green (this is why the dollar bill is sometimes called a greenback). It pictures the word "ONE" flanked by two circles, picturing the front and back of the Great Seal of the United States of America.
The circle on the left of the bill pictures an unfinished pyramid with 13 steps. There is an eye within a triangle above the pyramid; light radiates from the eye. The circle on the right pictures the front of the Great Seal of the United States of America. It shows a bald eagle holding olive branches and arrows in its talons. There is a banner in the eagle's bill reading, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (which means, "Out of many, one," refering to the union of the states). 13 stars are above the eagle and a shield with 13 stripes is in front of the eagle.
Other phrases that appear on the back are, "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "ONE," "ANNUIT COEPTIS" (which means, "Providence favors our undertakings"), "MDCCLXXVI" (which is 1776 in Roman numerals), "NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM" (which means, "A new order of the ages"), "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES," "ONE DOLLAR," and various serial numbers.
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING DOLLAR BILLS:
One Dollar Bill Coloring Page Printout
Color the front and back of a one dollar bill in this printout.
US One Dollar Bill Front (Printable)
Print (and color) the front of three US one dollar bills. These can be used to practice adding money and making change.
US One Dollar Bill Back (Printable)
Print (and color) the reverse of three US one dollar bills. These can be used to practice adding money and making change.
US Dollar Minus Pennies (Printable)
Subtract pennies from a dollar.
US Dollar Minus Nickels (Printable)
Subtract nickels from a dollar.
US Dollar Minus Dimes (Printable)
Subtract dimes from a dollar.
US Dollar Minus Quarters (Printable)
Subtract quarters from a dollar.
Make Change for a Dollar
Write down as many ways as can you to make change for a dollar using half-dollars (50¢), quarters (25¢), dimes (10¢), nickels (5¢) and/or pennies (1¢).
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