Wiki Wormhole: Wikipedia’s got its mind on its money and its money on its mind
With more than 4.7 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or reassuring yourself you didn’t hallucinate the Lost Luggage Atari game. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,742,882-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: United States dollar
What it’s about: Dolla dolla bill, y’all! Actually, despite its title, this Wikipedia entry covers all U.S. paper currency and a fair amount of coinage. All in all, it paints a picture of a monetary system that has taken some strange twists and turns, including several failed attempts at introducing paper money, and a host of denominations ranging from the ha’penny (worth $0.14 in today’s money) to the $100,000 bill.
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Strangest fact: No one knows exactly where the dollar sign came …