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Whether it’s a copper-colored penny coin with Abraham Lincoln’s face on it, or a cool $100 bill sporting Benjamin Franklin, the currency of the United States is all based on the dollar. And National Dollar Day is a great time to learn about and appreciate this fine banknote.

History of National Dollar Day

National Dollar Day takes place each year on August 8, as it is the anniversary of the date when the Continental Congress established that the money unit of the United States would be the dollar. This happened in 1786 and, just six years later, the United States Mint was established in 1792. The US currency has been the dollar for more than 200 years since.

Dollars originally started out as metal coins, including gold (worth $10), silver (worth $1) and copper (worth 1/100 of $1). Eventually, the US mint began printing dollars on paper, almost 80 years later. Although dollar coins are still in circulation, they are less popular than the paper version.

Today, the US dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency. It plays a vital role in international finance and trade, acting as both a medium of exchange as well as an indicator of value. National Dollar Day is the time to celebrate everything to do with the dollar!

How to Celebrate National Dollar Day

Enjoy National Dollar Day by celebrating this currency in some fun ways, including these ideas:

Learn Some Fun Facts About Dollars

Celebrating the dollar can mean getting to know some interesting tidbits of information and then sharing them with friends or coworkers on National Dollar Day. For instance, many people don’t realize that the highest dollar denomination to ever circulate was $10,000. Other fun facts to learn and share might include:

  • Dollars did not depict the portraits of American presidents until the late 19th century. Prior to that, they had pictures of Roman and Greek mythology, as well as some Native American depictions.

  • The only woman to ever appear on a US paper bill is Martha Washington, the wife of the first US President, George Washington.

  • As a symbol of the original 13 colonies the $1 bills contains 13 arrows, 13 leaves, 13 stars, and 13 stripes.

  • While the life of a coin is at least 30 years, dollar bills don’t last nearly as long. $100 bills can last around 18 years, $10 bills around 3 ½ years and $1 bills just under 5 years.

Start a Dollar Coin Collection

One fun way to enjoy National Dollar Day might be to begin a United States coin collection. The Silver dollar (or the Eisenhower dollar), the Susan B. Anthony dollar, and the American Silver Eagle dollar are all forms of US dollars with a silver color that appeared in the 20th century. Since then, the Sacagawea dollar, the Presidential dollar coins and the American Innovation dollar coins have been released, mostly for collectors.

Visit a United States Mint

National Dollar Day would be a particularly fun time to take a tour of a US Mint. The original mint created in 1792 is the one that was started in Philadelphia. Now, there are four located throughout the country: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; and West Point, New York.

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