Weight of Money

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Weight of Money

Postby Dr. S. Ukkel » Fri May 20, 2005 1:17 pm

Hi all,

This is a tough one, since I can't find the answer anywhere.
I have an argument with a friend about films and the stupidity that they sometimes show.
To the point:
Let's say the main character needs to pay 1 million US dollars in USD 100 bills.
This would require a suitcade the size of a small computer tower and weighs give or take 10kgs? Am I right or wrong?
What about smaller bills?

Anyone please?

Dr. S. Ukkel

Postby Guest » Fri May 20, 2005 6:10 pm

I believe I saw the figures on a Dept. of Treasury site. The weight of any US bill is 1 g, so your figure for 10,000 bils being 10 kg is a good figure. They gave dimensions for the bill as well, which I can't recall. The problem is the thickness and how well the bills stack, especially if they are circulated bills.

Postby Guest » Fri May 20, 2005 7:01 pm

Straight from the horse's mouth:
http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/curr ... n.shtml#q2
All denominations of paper currency notes printed since 1929 are the same size, measuring approximately 2.61 inches (6.63 centimeters) by 6.14 inches (15.60 centimeters). Each note is 0.0043 inches thick, and a stack of currency notes one mile high would contain over 14.5 million notes. If all of the currency notes printed were laid end to end, they would stretch around the earth's equator approximately 24 times.

Each currency note, regardless of its denomination, weighs about one gram. There are 454 grams in one U.S. pound, so there should be 454 notes in a pound.

10000 notes would be 6.14 x 2.61 x 43 = 689.1 in^3

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