Face Value

Face value means the initial nominal dollar value.

Face Value Examples

    A bank note that is worth $100 has a face value of $100
    A $0.59 stamp has a face value of $0.59

Deeper Insights

The term “face value” originates from the amount printed “on the face” of a postage stamp or stock certificate. It is more commonly known as the significance or original price of a product or service.

The term "face value" has made its way into common english meaning the superficial appearance of something. 

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