Are million dollar bills
and novelty money legal?
Yes! This is the most often asked question by someone seeing
one of our bills for the first time. Our Million Dollar
Bills and Collectible Bills
are not only legal; they have official U.S. Government
approval. They have an approved Copyright from the Library
of Congress. You can use our Collectible Dollar Bills with
complete confidence that you are not violating any U.S. law.
Million Dollar Bills and Novelty Money: What is It and how do you use it?
Novelty money is known by diverse names, including funny
money, fake money, novelty currency, collectible money
(collectable notes in Britain), and commemorative money.
Whatever you call novelty money, it is certainly a product
that evokes interest and curiosity. In this guide, we will
provide some insight into this fascinating product.
Is it real?
The emphatic answer is that yes, it is a real novelty item;
but it is not real currency printed by a government. Novelty
money has no monetary value on the street. It cannot be
spent; that is, it cannot be exchanged for goods or services
like government-issued money can. Like various other novelty
items, its purpose is to serve as a gag gift, to commemorate
or honor an event, to show appreciation, to enhance sales,
etc. We will discuss some of the uses for million dollar
bills and novelty money
Is it legal?
It depends on usage. Like a kitchen knife that is legal to
own and display, the knife becomes illegal when used as a
weapon. Novelty money is legal to display and own if used as
a novelty item. But, if one were to try to spend it or use
it in some manner to defraud another person, it would become
illegal. So, enjoy your novelty money, but don't try to
spend it at Wal-Mart!
Who prints it?
Various types of novelty money are printed by various
private companies. It is not printed by a governmental
printing press, and is not printed by the authority of any
government anywhere in the world.
How is it printed?
Quality novelty money, such as that sold by the Million
Dollar Bill Shop, is printed on offset printing presses in
large print runs of thousands of bills. These finely
detailed nonnegotiable bills are of the same size, and have
a similar look and feel as real U.S. currency. These unique
collectibles, which required hundreds of hours to create,
are printed in bank note multi-colors on both sides of the
bill and have been handled as un-circulated mint currency.
Note: There are some distributors who print their brands of
novelty money on office copiers; and some even use
light-weight copy paper. Their bills can be distinguished
from quality bills by the fact that they are not "stiff"
when held. Quality novelty money will resemble the stiffness
of new U.S. currency bills, and will have a similar feel as
new U.S. currency.
Another way to distinguish some of the cheaper versions of
novelty money is that cheaper money printed on copiers is
frequently only printed on one side. Quality bills printed
on off-set printing presses will be printed on both sides
just like real currency.
What ways can I use these?
Million Dollar Bills and other fun bills look and feel
positively real, real size, real color, real paper feel.
Great conversation starter. Put your name on a million
dollar bill or other fun bill and give it to someone and
they will keep it! Use to say "Thanks a Million" or you are
"One in a Million". Use as a business giveaway, door opener,
for fund raisers and promotions. Use as a tip at the
restaurant or bar. The uses are limitless. Get some million
dollar bills and other fun bills today and join in on the