US Currency

If you try to buy something at the Dollar Store with a million dollar bill, don’t expect to get change. Or your bill back. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

The police were called to a Tennessee Dollar General store this month after two women tried to buy gift cards with a million dollar bill. According to the US Department of the Treasury, the denominations authorized by the government for current production are $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 dollar bills. The largest denomination ever printed by the government was the million dollar bill, although the Treasury Department says it regularly gets inquiries about the million dollar bills, which were from a special limited art series originally sold by a Canadian firm as a collector’s item and are not official US currency.

The Tennessee women weren’t charged with fraud, but the bill was confiscated and they were told not to come back again. Maybe they’ll have better luck if they find a Million Dollar General.

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