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Invest in Scarce Paper Money

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Many people realize that rare coins, particularly gold and silver coins can be quite valuable. Did you know that certain issues of paper money are also quite valuable? Those who know often collect valuable paper money for fun as well as for investment value. You have several options when looking for investable valuable paper money New York NY.

Fractional Currency: Rare and Valuable

Fractional currency was used in the United States and in other countries in the past. US varieties were in general circulation during Civil War times (1862-1876) when coinage was in short supply. This form of paper money is also known as shinplasters. They were issued in the following denominations: 3 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, and 50 cents. Fractional currency is physically smaller than other US paper money. It also does not have a serial number. Many of them feature prominent politicians, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Spencer Clark on the obverse. Some of these pieces are quite rare and can represent a suitable investment for some people.

Gold Certificates: Even More Valuable

Gold certificates were also issued by the United States, but are not in circulation anymore. Perhaps you may be more familiar with silver certificates, which were in general circulation until 1965. A gold certificate was redeemable at any bank or the US Treasure for actual physical gold. They were issued from 1863 to 1933. After the US went off the gold standard in the 1930s, they were no longer printed.

Some of these gold certificates are quite rare. All of them have collectible value. One of the rarest is the 1882 $100 gold certificate, of which only 7 were issued. One specimen sold for over $117,000 in 2013. Another valuable one is the 1890 $100 gold certificate, also valued at well over $100,000 per specimen.

How Fast Food Is Mass-Produced

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Fast food chains around the world have become adept at being able to mass-produce food that has a consistent appearance and taste. Fast food restaurants that have branches around the world offer their clients the exact same meal no matter where their branches are located on the planet. It is true that many fast food restaurants have local food items included on their menu, but these local items are in addition to and not a replacement for the general food that these chains produce.

Some of the reasons behind this consistency include the fact that fast food chains will mass-produce their food beforehand at a factory. They will use large industrial mixers, industrial ribbon blenders, and industrial ovens in this process. Once the food has been uniformly prepared, it is frozen and put inside enormous walk-in freezers. In many fast food chains, the cooks have the responsibility to reheat precooked food as opposed to cooking it from scratch.

Additionally, at the factory were the food is produced, both natural and artificial flavors are used in measured amounts to make sure that the food tastes exactly the same wherever it is served. The equipment that is used inside of a restaurant is designed to cook certain foods in a certain amount of time. As an example, some burger joints will use a conveyor belt to cook their hamburger patties over a broiler. The boiler is designed to cook both sides of the burger at the same time at a consistent temperature and at a predetermined amount of time.

In every single fast food chain, employees are directed on how to cook, dress, and package food. The warehousing and the distribution of the food is all handled in a centralized location. This all but removes any chance for variation in the taste and presentation of the food.

In addition to keeping the food uniform, having centralized warehouses where the food is prepared and then distributed keeps the price lower for customers. This is because restaurant chains are able to buy food in bulk, which is drastically cheaper than what a restaurant could buy food for on its own.

Mass-producing food in this way requires a lot of organization and careful management. The result is that a customer of a fast food chain can purchase a burger in the United States one day and then fly over to Tokyo and purchase the exact same burger that is made the same way and has the same taste.