The Cash Lifecycle

Every day, we use cash to purchase goods and services. But where does it come from and what happens to it once it leaves our wallets?

Join us as we follow the money from production to destruction and learn how each organization plays a role in providing the currency and coin we use for our day-to-day transactions.

The lifecycle of U.S. currency and coin is a shared system, with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks, the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the U.S. Mint having important and unique responsibilities.

Financial institutions, armored carriers, and other service providers also play an important role, working to provide currency to consumers and merchants.

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See the Cash Lifecycle at a glance