Tuesday, December 30, 2008

[FAO] Amazing Pictures of Money - Money Everywhere


Money makes the world go around. It also makes for some truly amazing pictures. Photo credits are given by number at the bottom of the page.

The Mitsubishi Materials Corporation of Japan poured the World's largest Gold bar. The bar is 17.9 inches by 8.9 inches and 6.7 inches high. All though it takes up the same amount of space as a large shoe box, you would not be able to lift it as It weighs 551.15 pounds. At the time it was poured it was worth $3.7 million.

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Yes it is real. The Federal Reserve used it to transfer money to and from banks and was never issued to the public. They also produced a $500, $1,000, $5,000 and even a $100,000 dollar note, see below. They were last printed in 1945 and have since been discontinued.

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The dress was made to help promote a new gigantic lottery fund in the UK. The dress is made from Sterling Pound notes.

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7. Portraits Made of Pennies

The artist behind these portraits and other artwork like this is Adrian Firth. The two pieces are called, Lizzie - pennies on mdf board 2008 and Made of Money - pennies on mdf board 2007.

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Fort Knox is where the mother lode of Gold is. This is a picture of one of many vaults filled with Gold.

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The vault is located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The door has a height of 226 inches and weighs 42 metric tons. It also carries the distinction of having the largest hinge ever built. The vault is not longer in use, but the door remains for historical value.

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It's called the "Penny Harvest Field". $1 million dollars worth of pennies were gathered for charity. The exhibit is 30 ft by 165 ft.

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This Gold is part of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. The vault sits on the bedrock of New York 80 feet below the street surface and 50 feet below the sea level. You won't be digging to get to this one. At the time of the photo, the vault had $86 billion in gold, 269 Troy tons.

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Artist Marc Sky of New Jersey has hundreds of Origami Sculptures made of money. You can order his works online or book him for parties.

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This is the world's largest Gold Nugget ever found. Discovered in 1872 and is called the Holtermann Nugget. It was 630lbs in weight.

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The gold coin contains $2 million worth of gold and weighs in at 220 pounds. It is 20 inches across and 1 inch thick. There are 3 coins like it and they went up on auction last year.

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James Ritty an owner of a Saloon in Ohio, invented the first cash register in 1879 to stop his employees from stealing money. Later he sold his cash register company and the new owner added a roll of paper to it and started the first line of registers with receipts.

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This is a random picture of a money tree. They can be found throughout the world. If you are lucky enough to come across one, grab a seed.

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