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Q: Weight of a million dollars ( Answered ,   2 Comments ) Question
 Subject: Weight of a million dollars Category: Business and Money Asked by: screenwriting101-ga List Price: \$20.00 Posted: 05 Feb 2006 19:48 PST Expires: 07 Mar 2006 19:48 PST Question ID: 441929
 I'd like to know what the weight of a million dollars in one hundred dollar bills would be. Also, what would it's approximate dimensions be if stacked? Subject: Re: Weight of a million dollars Answered By: richard-ga on 05 Feb 2006 21:05 PST Rated: Hello and thank you for your question. According to the U.S. Treasury, "In \$100 bills, the weight of \$1 million is about 22 pounds." [that's 10 kg.] http://www.ustreas.gov/press/releases/rr2748.htm "The size of a dollar bill is 6.6294 cm wide, by 15.5956 cm long, and 0.010922 cm in thickness." http://hypertextbook.com/facts/1999/DeneneWilliams.shtml But a more accurate figure for thickness is the actual US government requirement for currency paper "Thickness (Caliper). The thickness of the paper shall be 124 ± 7 micrometers when tested as specified in Section 4.2.3.5." http://www.fedbizopps.gov/EPSData/TREAS/Synopses/142/BEP-06-0001/AttachmentASpecPCDT1-1TypeICurrencyPaper-17Aug05.doc The same source puts the weight of the paper (without ink) or "Grammage, grams per square meter" at 88.7 ± 4.0" So, the area of a single bill is 6.6294 cm by 15.5956 cm which is .066294 m by .155956 m = 0.0103389471 square meters Since \$1,000,000 requires 10,000 bills, the total area of the bills is 103.389471 square meters and the total thickness is 124 micrometers * 10,000 = 1,240,000 micrometers = 1.24 meters. So the height of a single stack is 1.24 meters. And the volume of the stack is 103.389471 * 0.000124 = 0.01282 cubic meters And since the total area of the bills is 103.389471 square meters, at a weight of 88.7 grams per meter or .0887 * 103.389471 = 9.17 kg [add another .83 kg for the ink and you're back to the Treasury's 10kg. figure. So in summary, you can have one stack of bills 1.24 meters = 48.82 inches high, or you can have, say, 4 stacks a little over a foot high, 22 pounds all together, or (if you prefer the metric system) 6 stacks a little over 20 cm high, 10kg. all together. Search terms used: "dollar bill" length width cm treasury length width thickness site:.gov and lots of Google arithmetic, for example ://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-08,GGLD:en&q=124+micrometers+in+inches Thanks again for letting us help. Google Answers Researcher Richard-ga
 screenwriting101-ga rated this answer: Prompt and thorough. Thanks much.  