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Every Person on American Currency

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Mr. Beat goes through every person on American currency currently in circulation, and even on some people who used to be on American currency.

Produced by Matt Beat. All images/video by Matt Beat, found in the public domain, or used under fair use guidelines. Music by Otis McDonald.

A special thank you to Jacob Fridman for helping me research for this video!

Sources/additional reading:
https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28591592
https://www.moneyfactory.gov/hmimpaperandink.html
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/15/more-americans-say-they-dont-carry-cash.html
https://www.insider.com/harriet-tubman-20-bill-update-redesign-timeline-2030-2021-4
https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Currency/Pages/edu_faq_currency_portraits.aspx
https://www.uscurrency.gov/history?period=All
https://web.archive.org/web/20150505025421/http://www.moneyfactory.gov/faqlibrary.html
https://www.thoughtco.com/faces-on-us-currency-4153995
https://www.usmint.gov/learn/coin-and-medal-programs/circulating-coins
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_on_United_States_banknotes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_Note#History
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/25/us/politics/tubman-20-dollar-bill.html
http://nationalcurrencyfoundation.org/exhibitgrouphome.html?groupId=LS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_dollar_(United_States_coin)
https://www.federalreserve.gov/paymentsystems/coin_currcircvolume.htm
https://www.usa.gov/currency
https://www.silverrecyclers.com/blog/500-dollar-bill.aspx
https://www.sdpb.org/blogs/images-of-the-past/native-american-images-on-money/
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/from-pocahontas-to-tubman-watch-us-currency-transform-over-the-years-2016-04-27

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In this video we’re going to look at American currency. It’s really hard to counterfeit. Almost every single part of American currency is there to make it difficult to copy. The United States Department of Treasury spends billions each year producing it, and it is quite an elaborate process. Oh don’t get me wrong, many still try to counterfeit American currency, and in fact many are still successful. The Department of Treasury estimates that possibly $200 million in counterfeit bills are currently in circulation. That would mean that about 1 Federal Reserve Note out of every 4,000 out there right now is counterfeit.

Meh, almost every store would probably still accept it, anyway. After all, it got there in the first place.

But hold up. What about the people on this currency? Who ARE these people? Do they think they’re a big deal?

Why yes, they ARE a big deal. Most of them were American Presidents. However, others are just important people in American history, and some of them featured on different currencies over the years may surprise you. The Secretary of the Treasury is in charge of selecting people, and there’s no law saying that the people on the currency have to always be the same.

In this video, I’m looking at every person on American currency, and I’ll give some basic information about them, although I’m sure you’re already familiar with most of them.

#uscurrency #ushistory #socialstudies

About Mr. Beat

Mr. Beat is a social studies teacher who specializes in making history and geography more engaging through entertaining and easy to understand videos. He has written songs about all of the Presidents and has created music videos for all of them.


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