I bet you didn´t know...

1. The biggest and the smallest. In the time of Czar Nicolas II, in 1912, having too much money in Russia could be rather complicated at times. The problem was how to store a 500-ruble bill, which measured 27 x 13 cm, nearly the size of a shoe box. Can you imagine the size of the wallet?

2. Although it is in regular circulation, the 2-dollar bill is a dud that no one wants to take, especially superstitious Americans. It so happens that the signing of the American Declaration of Independence is pictured on the back. The problem is that, at the time of its signing, one man decided to wear a hat. According to popular belief, wearing a hat indoors will take your good luck away, so the bill earned a reputation of attracting bad luck.

3. In the Waiãpi tribe in Amapá, the Indians do their trading according to the pictures of birds printed on the bills. That´s how they recognize the money. Therefore, R$1 is worth a hummingbird, R$5 are worth a heron, R$10 equal a macaw and R$50 are worth a margay (wildcat). A bag of beads costs two macaws (R$20) and a box of buckshot is worth two macaws and one heron (R$25)

4. Little by little the Central Bank of Brazil is replacing R$1 bills. In 2007 the government launched a publicity campaign to encourage the population to use coins , which have a longer useful life than bills. In 2006, there were 506 million R$1-bills circulating in the market and 484 million coins of the same value.

5. While bills last from 12 to 14 months, coins remain in one piece for over 30 years. Making money costs money, the Central Bank pays R$ 0.26 for each R$1 coin manufactured by the Casa da Moeda (Brazilian mint). This price is 2.5 times greater than that of manufacturing a bill.

Communist China also had a problem with money,but it was the opposite problem of the Russian one. In China, bills were so small no one could find them. The 1-yuan bill measured only 8 x 4 cm - the size of Monopoly money.

6 - See the number of bills and coins that are in circulation in Brazil* according to the Central Bank:


Value Quantity

1 - 506,432,790

2 - 382,670,506

5 - 286,145,305

10 - 754,458,557

20 - 254,520,489

50 - 936,877,942

100 - 21,898,733

Total 3,143,004,322


Value Quantity

0.01 - 3,182,890,108

0.05 - 2,612,766,337

0.10 - 2,827,104,667

0.25 - 1,130,193,782

0.50 - 960,590,218

1.00 - 484,726,590

Total 11,233,840,715

Font: Commodity-Currency, Money museum of Paris / France