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The History of High-Value U.S. Currency: The Bills That Plastic Forgot

These days, nearly all purchases over $100 are made on plastic. However, not too long ago, the pockets of America’s most wealthy held bills that would make most of us cringe to imagine carrying.

These high denominations were commonly used for bank-to-bank transfers and large federal transactions, but electronic transfers have since made those high-value bills obsolete. Here’s a closer look at those long-forgotten relics of American history.

Infographic: The History of High-Value U.S. Currency

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