More than half a century ago there were dollar bills worth an unthinkable amount of money : 100,000 dollar bills were issued in 1934 by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and they also featured the face of president Woodrow Wilson.The bills were not created for circulating among the general public but rather served only for official transactions between the Federal Reserve Banks. They were issued to the Federal Reserve Banks serving as certificates that corresponded to the actual amount of gold the banks had in their treasuries.
Records containing photographs prove the fact that there are only seven $100,000 gold certificates issued in 1934 left in existence nowadays. By the way, since 1969 the largest denomination of American currency meant for normal everyday use is the much lower $100 bill. There haven’t been new issues of new $500, $1000, $5000 or $10 000 banknotes since 1945. Despite this fact such notes still exist today and it’s possible to see them either in museums or in private collections.