Currency Travia

About Indian Currencies

Sher Shah Suri Printed first time, "One Rupee coin" in India.

Which note is not issued by 'Reserve bank of India?

One Rupee    Ten Rupee    Hundred Rupee    Thousand Rupee

Answer - One Rupee

This banknote was issued in India in 1860, the last year of presidency banknotes in India.

In 1861 currency act of India was passed. This is the 10 Rupees banknote dated 1860. This one of the few notes of Bank of Bombay having prefix in the serial number. The existence is less than 5 in the world of this banknote.

The motto, tweaked from the original "In God is our Trust," first appeared on the two-cent coin in 1864. A year later, an act of Congress declared that the motto should be placed on all gold and silver coins. "In God We Trust," showed up on paper money in 1957, when it was printed on the one-dollar silver certificate.

Which bill has the shortest life span?

The $50 bill has the shortest lifespan. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, the average lifespan of a $50 bill is 3.7 years. Next in line is the $10 bill at 4.2 years, followed by the $5 at 4.9 years.

The $100 bill has been the largest denomination of currency in circulation since 1969.

How many times can you fold a bill back and forth before it tears?

Answer: 4,000 times.

Paper money is actually made from paper?

Currency is 3/4 cotton and 1/4 linen. It also has small red and blue synthetic fibers woven throughout the bill.

Highest Denomination

The world's highest denomination note is Hungary 100 Million B-Pengo (American 100 Quintillion Pengo)*, issued in 1946. That's 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 Pengo. It was worth about U.S. $0.20 in 1946.

Hungary also printed a 1 Milliard B-Pengo (Amerian 1 Sextillion Pengo)*, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Pengo, note in 1946. Overtaken by inflation, it was never in circulation.

Lowest Denomination

The lowest fractional note is Fiji 1 penny, issued in 1942. The old penny, being 1/240 of a pound, is a lower denomination than other fractional notes based on 1/100th of a basic monetary unit.

No Denomination

The lowest fractional note is Fiji 1 penny, issued in 1942. The old penny, being 1/240 of a pound, is a lower denomination than other fractional notes based on 1/100th of a basic monetary unit.


China is the first country to use paper money. Ancient paper money can be traced back to the Pai-Lu P'i- pi (white deer-skin money) of Han Dynasty (120 BC) and the Fei-Chien (flying money) of Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). However, paper money did not have widespread circulation until the Southern Sung Dynasty (1127-1279 AD), and none has survived.

The earliest surviving notes are a few from the Chin Dynasty (1115-1234) and Yuan Dynasty (1280-1368 AD), and they can be found in some museums.

This Yuan Dynasty 2 Kuan (1335-1340) note predates the more well known Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan note by several decades and is one of the oldest surviving banknotes in the world.

Largest Size

To commemorate the Centennial of Independence from more than 300 years of Spanish colonial rule in 1998, the government of the Philippines wanted to do something very special. It issued the world's largest banknote 355.6 mm by 215.9 mm (14" x 8 1/2"), beating the previous record: China Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan 220 mm x 335mm (8 3/4" x 13 1/4").

The 100,000 Piso note, measuring 355.6 mm by 215.9 mm (14 x 8 1/2 inches), is accredited bythe Guinness World Records as the world's largest legal tender note in terms of size. The front depicts the "Cry of Pugadlawin", when about 1,000 Filipino patriots led by Andres Bonifacio gathered in Pugadlawin,on August 23, 1896. They tore up their Spanish-issued residence certificates and yelled "Long live the Philippines",signalling the start of a revolt against Spain. The back features General Emilio Aguinaldo displaying the Philippine flag to the crowd below and proclaiming independence from Spain from the balcony of his house in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.

Only 1,000 of these notes were issued. Originally offered to collectors at a pre-issue price of 180,000 Piso (US$4175).

Smallest Size

In times of war, coins are often in short supply. Gold and silver coins are hoarded for their intrinsic values. Other metals are appropriated for war efforts. Many governments resort to printing small denomination banknotes as temporary substitutes.

The following are some of the countries which had issued postage size banknotes: Ivory Coast, Macao, Monaco, Morocco, New Caledonia, Romania, Russia, Spain and United States. Guinness World Records 2008 edition lists Romania 10 Bani 1917 note, measuring 34 mm x 45 mm (1 5/16" x 1 3/4"), as the world's smallest banknote. Actually, Morocco 50 Centimes 1944 emergency issue, measuring only 42mm x 31mm (1 11/16" x 1 1/4"), is smaller.

Most Zeros

The note with the most zeros is Zimbabwe 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000) dollars 2008 (issued 2009). The note has 14 zeros printed on both the front and the back.

Meant to be Torn in Two

This note, consisting of a 2 cents stamp on the left and a 3 cents stamp on the right, roulettes down the center for ease of separation. It is probably the only currency note which could be torn in two and the two parts were still legal tender at different denominations.

Perfect Forgery

The perfect forgeries, code named Operation Bernhard - Bank of England Pound notes produced by prisoners of war a German Concentration camp. Circulated along with genuine notes.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is the second longest reigning head of state after King Rama IX of Thailand. She has been Queen since 1952. Her pictures appear on banknotes of 34 countries. See Queen Elizabeth II Banknote Collection

Japanese Invasion Money

The Japanese Government issued bank notes, known as Japanese Invasion Money (JIM), during WWII in the following five occupied territories: Burma, Malaya, Netherlands Indies, Oceania and Philippines

Highest Price Paid

A world record of $3,290,000 was paid for a $1,000 1890 "Grand Watermelon" note in January 2014. It's the world's most expensive banknote.

A Buck

How "buck" becomes slang for U. S. dollar? The term originated from the Old West when buckskin was a common medium of exchange with Indians. Later as currency replaced the barter system, people still refer to a dollar as a buck (short for buckskin).