The world’s largest coins, in size and standard value, were copper plates used in Alaska around 1850. They were about a metre (3 ft) long, half-a-metre (about 2 ft) wide, weighed 40 kg (90 lb), and were worth $2,500.
In 2000, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is the second wealthiest woman, with $5,2 billion.
Australians are the heaviest gamblers in the world; an estimated 82% of Australians bet. That is twice as much per capita as Europeans or Americans. Yet, Australia, with less than 1% of the world population, has 20% of the world’s poker machines.
A third of the world’s people live on less than $2 a day, with 1,2 billion people living on less than $1 a day.
In the 1400s, global income rose only 0,1% per year; today it often tops 5%.