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What is the typical life span of a U.S. dollar bill? Will it be containing all sorts of viruses such as H1N1?

Asked by tux (2points) September 25th, 2009

just wondering…

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patg7590's avatar

they contain all kinds of stuff

erichw1504's avatar

The average lifespan of a US dollar bill is 18–22 months, roughly 45% of all bills printed each year are dollar bills.

I would assume most bills have some trace of something on them, whether it be viruses or cocaine or just dirt.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Ha! I just went on a tour of the NY Federal Reserve bank a couple of weeks ago. The nice tour guide there said that it’s about a year and a half to two years of service for a bill, then they’re pulled out of circulation and taken to the nearest Federal Reserve Bank to be shredded and burnt. As for viruses, that depends on how long they last in the open air between handlings, I’d reckon.

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