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Benjamin is common slang for a United States hundred-dollar bill which features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin in Crosstime TrafficEdit

A benjamin (lower case) was the unofficial name for a hundred dollars in the currency of the United States in the Home timeline, which had gone through a period of hyperinflation. A single dollar was a nearly worthless aluminium coin; even a benjamin was not worth very much, not even enough to pay for a single bus fare.

While the name was widely used in spoken language, it had no official status, and formally the Dollar remained the sole unit of US currency. Thus, while people going to a movie would normally speak of the price being "eight benjamins", the sign at the entrance would say "800 Dollars".

The benjamin came in both paper form[1] and coin form.[2] The coin form was colored brass-yellow. Its obverse depicted the face of Benjamin Franklin with the word LIBERTY above his head, the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" to one side of him, and the date and mint initial to the other side. The reverse showed a bald eagle, the words "United States of America", and in smaller characters "E Pluribus Unum", "One Hundred Dollars" and the date.[3]

The Euro had gone through a similar process of hyperinflation. Europeans tended to speak of a hundred Euros as "A Big One" in whatever language they were speaking, the equivalent of the American benjamin.

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