As well as being the offical currency of the US, the dollar is also widely used for financial transactions around the world. But while everyone will be familiar with the currency itself, we present here the two extremes of the life of the dollar - in a sense this is the dollar before you use it, and the dollar after you have finished with it!
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), which is part of the United States Treasury, offers uncut sheets of US currency, fresh 'greenbacks', straight off the press. Currently they offer sheets of the $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $50 bills. A complete sheet consists of 32 bills, although they also sell smaller sheets, consisting of 16, 8 or 4 bills.
Partly designed as a present for that 'difficult to buy for' person, these also serve as fascinating objects for collectors. In fact BEP also sell frames which are just the right size so you can hang your sheets of dollars on the wall!
How much does all this cost? Well, a sheet of 32 $1 bills will cost you a total of $55, which includes shipping, as well as an information sheet. The information sheet tells you all kinds of information about the different numbers that appear on each note, including numbers that indicate where the bill occurred on the sheet, etc. An intriguing item! However these can only be sent to US addresses.
After the dollar has finished its life, an inventive use of the currency is to shred the notes, and offer them as unusual souvenirs. Now of course you will pay less than the face value, and a whole bag containing hundreds of dollars - unfortunately completely shredded - can be yours for a small outlay. Again, an interesting conversation piece.