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. You can buy briefcase online at discount price. Head up and get it from Amazon, Aliexpress, eBay or other sites.
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.