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'Santa Dollars' are more than a cute holiday gift, they are legal currency

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 05, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Even though Christmas is in the rear view mirror, some are still receiving a daily dose of holiday spirit in a most peculiar, and totally legal, way.

A FOX 13 viewer sent in a photo Monday of a dollar bill they had received as change from a gas station in Salt Lake City. But instead of George Washington gracing the currency, the viewer was looking back at a drawing of Santa Claus.

Because of the appearance of jolly old St. Nicholas, the viewer was concerned they may have received counterfeit money.

However, believe it or not, the $1 bill featuring Santa is actually legal currency and should be accepted wherever U.S. dollars are used.

"Santa Dollars" are worth just a buck, but are sold for a little extra to earn money for charity. The special holiday currency has been around for decades, with most of the bills being collected instead of spent.

Despite the Santa Dollars being legal, the image of Santa Claus must be removed before they are used. And unlike presents under the Christmas tree, there's no mystery about what's under the sticker... it's the traditional drawing of the "Father of our Country."

This story originally reported by Jeff Tavss on