Number Of The Day: $250,000,000

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Every March 31st, the U.S. Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix observe Transfer Day.  This marks Denmark’s sale of the three islands to the United States in 1917.

The sale was a long time coming.  The two countries negotiated the agreement for fifty years.  The United State paid Denmark $250,000,000 in gold coins.

check for $250 million
officials signing agreement for the sale