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WASHINGTON - APRIL 20: A worker looks for defective bills in a bundle of newly printed twenty dollar bills as they are prepared for distribution to financial institutions April 20, 2005 at the Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. Regardless of its denomination, a bill, or banknote, costs 6 cents to produce. A dollar bill lasts about 22 months.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 20: A worker looks for defective bills in a bundle of newly printed twenty dollar bills as they are prepared for distribution to financial institutions April 20, 2005 at the Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. Regardless of its denomination, a bill, or banknote, costs 6 cents to produce. A dollar bill lasts about 22 months.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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