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Where Do The Dollar Bills Come From?

Every dollar bill in the world comes from the same paper mill in Massachusetts, and they have been doing it for generations. Find out what it takes to make and transport the American dollar.

Updated on October 13
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Small paper mill in Massachusetts that's been doing this for 130 years.

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Dollars bills are made from 75% cotton and 25% linen, which makes for a very sturdy paper.

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American dollar bill is made out of 75% cotton and 25% linen. No trees are killed by printing dollar bills, while linen and cotton mix make for a very sturdy paper.

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US dollar bills undergo a quality control measure by a fold test, when a machine folds and unfolds paper, until the paper breaks.

While regular copy-paper can take ~100 folds before breaking, the paper for US Dollar Bill can take 5000 folds!

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It's been a family business for generations, starting in 1979, when Mr. Crane undercut his competitors during the bidding process and got the very first contract from the US treasury.

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While a lot of the design goes into creating subtle hard-to-copy differences, some counterfeit features are quite literally embedded into the paper. A security strip and a colored thread are just a few, among many.

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If you ever meet a truck driver with a gun, telling you he's carrying halloween candy, chances are you have just run into the truck transporting US currency paper from the mill, to the engraving department.

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