We see it all the time in movies. Someone has to give a huge amount of money to someone else (usually for some nefarious reason) and so they deliver it in a briefcase. But how much money will a briefcase actually hold?
The Measurement of Money
We’re working with $100 US bills. A stack of them, adding up to $25,000, measures about 1 1/4 inches high by 2 5/8 inches wide by 6 1/4 long.
Our Awaiting Briefcase
The interior of our standard briefcase measures 17 1/4 inches wide by a little more than 12 inches tall, and about 4 inches deep.
Bringing it All Together
We could fit in 12 stacks. With just a single stack deep that adds up to $300,000 in the briefcase. Not bad, but we can do better. With four inches of depth, we can go three stacks deep, for a total of $900,000, with some breathing room.
One Million Dollars!
To get to the magic number of $1,000,000 we need to cram in an extra $100,000, or $8,300 per stack. An $8,300 stack will measure about a half inch. With a little compression, we could fit exactly $1,000,000 in our standard-size briefcase. Seems like a weird coincidence doesn’t it? That cash will weigh 22 pounds, and in a single stack it would be four feet high.