$32,665.17 donated by Wescom, WeCare, and our members to support the victims of the Woolsey fires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Borderline tragedy in Thousand Oaks.
When you go to the store and buy things, you pay for it with money. Sometimes you use coins, like pennies or quarters, and other times you use paper money, like dollar bills. You can also take money from your Wescom account at an ATM or Wescom branch, but ever wonder where that money comes from first? Well, the U.S. Government is in charge of making coins and bills. The U.S. Mint makes coins, while the U.S. Bureau of Engraving, makes paper money.
The first step to making paper money starts with a designer creating sketches. Depending on the currency, a different U.S. Presidents' face is used in the design. Then, one design is chosen to be made into money. To make the money safer and hard to reproduce, the government adds security design features, such as an image of a face that can only been seen when held up to a light.
Next, the design is engraved onto a plate. The single plate is copied many times onto a bigger plate to print many bills at one time. The big plate is then covered with special black, green, or sometimes metallic ink and pressed onto a blend of cotton and linen paper. Each sheet of bills requires 72 hours to dry per side.
Finally, after a careful inspection, the sheets are cut into individual bills, wrapped with labels, stacked, sorted, and delivered to banks.
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