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What's money made of?

What's money made of?

No, not a philosophical question in these straitened times. Given that we fundraisers spend a lot of time focusing on money, and ideally larger sums, I realised I didn’t know what money was made of, or at least the ‘paper’ variety we like.

I now know. UK banknotes are made of a mixture of cotton fibre and linen rag; euro notes are 100% cotton; and US notes are 75% cotton and 25% linen.

The figures are in The Inkjet Counterfeiter by Adam Higginbotham, published in Wired UK in November 2009, p 133.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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