TLP: That's Not Monopoly Money
But you still can't spend it. On your own, anyway. When they were printed, the $100k notes were strictly for certain special transactions. Now, all they're good for is ogling.
The AP via HuffPo scoped out a sheet in Boston at the World's Fair of Money:
Held in a sprawling hall monitored by armed uniformed and undercover police officers, federal agents, private security contractors, electronic surveillance equipment and vigilant participants, the fair features seldom-seen gold treasurers brought from the Smithsonian Institution's vaults including America's first $20 gold coin - valued by independent experts at $15 million today - and its last $20 coin."Here, kid, have a bag of money! ... Ahahahahahaha!"
It also includes sheets of America's largest denomination currency, the $100,000 bill, which is said to be worth about $1.6 million today. The gold certificate note, which bears President Woodrow Wilson's portrait, was used only for official transactions between Federal Reserve Banks. It was not circulated among the general public and cannot be legally held by currency note collectors.
"The reaction from kids to grandparents is universally the same: `Wow, that's a lot of money.' So, they wouldn't mind having it," Kevin Brown, manager in the marketing division of the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said while holding the $100,000 bills. "People like to see money."
There even was some free money at the show after the Bureau of Engraving and Printing handed out $150 bills to some children as souvenirs - thoroughly shredded and packed into tiny plastic bags.
Yes, people like to see money. Mostly in their own pockets, which is harder and harder to do these days. If you've read Jr Deputy Accountant, you know her thoughts on the value of the Federal Reserve Note.
As for The Lazy Paperboy, optimistic motherfucker that he is, he's happy to keep stuffing a spare $100 or two in an envelope, always looking forward to an island getaway.