Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 19

Money

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 19, 2006 on The History Channel
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How does America make money--literally? We visit the United States Mint and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving to see the secretive government facilities where our legal tender is generated. With a storied past as tantalizing as the wealth they create, these mints can spit out fortunes in an hour and keep our economy flowing.moreless
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      • The bill with the highest denomination ever produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was the $100,000 Gold Certificatem, Series 1934. It was used only for transactions between Federal Reserve banks.

      • A new American banknote can be folded forward and backward at least 4,000 times before it tears.

      • According to the U.S. Mint, the life expectancy of a circulating coing is 30 years. The Federal Reserve estimates that the average life span of a one dollar bill is just 22 months.

      • The first United States coin bearing the likeness of an African American was the Booker T. Washington memorial half dollar. It was minted from 1946 to 1951.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Cold hard cash, whether it jingles in out pockets or folds in our wallets, it flows by the billions from government agencies that have mastered the craft of making it. Empowering consumers and confounding counterfeiters, the result of time honored technology, pain staking artistry and precision automation. Now: Money, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        David A. Lebryk
        Deputy Director, U.S. Mint

        Richard Robidoux
        Plant Manager, U.S. Mint

        John Mercanti
        Sculptor-Engraver, U.S. Mint

        Don Everhart
        Sculptor-Engraver, U.S. Mint

        Gerald Burdsall
        Transfer-Engraver, U.S. Mint

        Michael Kinnon
        Tool and Die Maker, U.S. Mint

        Philip Diehl
        Former Director, U.S. Mint

        Donald Kagin
        Numismatist

        Larry Felix
        Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

        Mike Beck
        Plate Engraver, Bureau of Engraving & Printing

        Timothy Crane
        Director of Research, Crane & Co.

        David Waltermire
        Quality Assurance, Crane & Co.

        Dave Drosehn
        Machine Tender, Crane & Co.

        Thomas Hipschen
        Lead Picture Engraver, Bureau of Engraving & Printing

        Frank Young
        Siderography Leader, Bureau of Engraving & Printing

        David Smeltzer
        Foreman, Offset Printing Division, B.E.P

        Kris Dethloff
        Simultan Pressman, B.E.P

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