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What Is Money Made Of? +5 FAQs Answered

by Milos Djordjevic

We all love money. We can use it to buy the things we want in life, such as nice clothes, a house, a car, and much more. But what is money made of?

Most people think that money is made of regular paper, but that’s not true. Read on to find out some interesting facts about the thing that makes the world go round.

What Are Dollar Bills Made Of?

1. How Is Money Made?

The currency production process involves highly trained workers, special equipment, cutting-edge technology, and several steps.

Ink first needs to be spread on the printing plates and wiped off so it remains only in the grooves. The plates are pressed with about 20 tonnes of force into the special paper. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible for printing the money. Massive machines used for printing can print around 10,000 sheets per hour. 

After the dollar bill printing process, every piece is examined for defects. If the dollar bills are good to go, they undergo a second round of printing to protect them from forgery. Black ink is used to print the Federal Reserve seal, and green ink is used to print the Treasury seal and serial numbers.

Finally, the large sheets are cut into individual bills, packaged, and sent to Federal Reserve Banks to be distributed further.

2. Where Is Money Made?

Interesting currency facts from the US show that money is printed in two locations: Washington, DC, and Fort Worth, Texas.

The US Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is responsible for printing all paper currency for the United States. The BEP prints billions of US currency printed on special paper made by the Crane paper company.

3. Is Money Made Out of Paper?

The material used as currency paper is different from regular paper made of wood pulp. It’s composed of 75% cotton and 25% linen fibers. This blended paper must contain red and blue fibers to fulfill BEP requirements.

But how much does a bill made from this blend weigh? Find out in this article!

What is Money Made of - The material used for currency paper

4. What Are Dollar Coins Made Of?

Dollar coins are made of a sandwich-like arrangement of two different metals, giving them the denomination of clad coins. The outside layer is composed of a pure copper core, and the outer layer is magnesium brass (77% copper, 12% zinc, 7% manganese, and 4% nickel).

5. Is Money Waterproof?

The US paper currency is not entirely waterproof, but it’s water-resistant. Most money material will not be destroyed in the washer and dryer but will be unusable. Hot water damages security features, and detergents change how light reflects on the bill, which currency-sorting machines detect.

Final Thoughts

Now you know what money is made of and where it’s produced. The next time you spend a dollar bill, think about how it was made and all the steps involved in creating it. Also, remember that money is a limited resource, so spend it wisely!