The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) produced 649,600,000 U.S. notes in February of 2008 worth a total of $13,779,200,000.
Making currency is no small task in such volume. Spread across the 29 days in February and counting weekends and holidays, that averages to nearly 22.5 million notes per day with a face value of approximately $475 million.
Heavy? Yes … The weight of the notes produced in February totals to about 1,432,122 lbs or 649,600 kilograms.
Chart of Printed Notes by Denomination:
Volume and Face Value (Feb. 2008)
|Denomination||Total Printed by Denomination||Total Face Value|
While that is certainly a lot of cash, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing indicates 95% of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in, or taken out of circulation. If this percentage is run across the February totals, then "new or extra" notes for circulation is slashed down to $23.8 million per day.
Chart of Printed Notes: Denomination and Production Information (Feb. 2008)
Serial Numbers (Beginning From and Ending To)
|Quantities||Total Face Value|
|$1.00||Washington, DC||2006S||B 6,400,001 H||B 96,000,000 H||89,600,000||$89,600,000|
|$1.00||Washington, DC||2006S||B 1 I||B 12,800,000 I||12,800,000||$12,800,000|
|$1.00||Washington, DC||2006S||C 64,000,001 C||C 96,000,000 C||32,000,000||$32,000,000|
|$1.00||Washington, DC||2006S||C 1 D||C 25,600,000 D||25,600,000||$25,600,000|
|$1.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006S||K 83,200,001 A||K 96,000,000 A||12,800,000||$12,800,000|
|$1.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006S||K 1 B||K 76,800,000 B||76,800,000||$76,800,000|
|$1.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006S||L 6,400,001 H||L 64,000,000 H||57,600,000||$57,600,000|
|$5.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006G||IB 1 B||IB 64,000,000 B||64,000,000||$320,000,000|
|$5.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006G||IC 1 A||IC 6,400,000 A||6,400,000||$32,000,000|
|$10.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006G||IE 57,600,001 A||IE 89,600,000 A||32,000,000||$320,000,000|
|$10.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006G||IF 38,400,001 A||IF 96,000,000 A||57,600,000||$576,000,000|
|$10.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006G||IF 1 B||IF 38,400,000 B||38,400,000||$384,000,000|
|$20.00||Washington, DC||2006G||ID 64,000,001 B||ID 76,800,000 B||12,800,000||$256,000,000|
|$20.00||Washington, DC||2006G||IE 32,000,001 C||IE 51,200,000 C||19,200,000||$384,000,000|
|$100.00||Washington, DC||2006N||HF 1 B||HF 57,600,000 B||57,600,000||$5,760,000,000|
|$100.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006N||HJ 25,600,001 A||HJ 32,000,000 A||6,400,000||$640,000,000|
|$100.00||Fort Worth, TX||2006N||HK 44,800,001 A||HK 92,800,000 A||48,000,000||$4,800,000,000|
Naturally, printing notes is simply a small slice of what keeps an economy going. The U.S. national debt increasing to $1.67 billion per day, as indicated by the U.S. National Debt Clock, clearly points that out. A country does not have to make physical money to spend it …