1 dollar bill front
    1 dollar bill front
    1 dollar bill back
    intaglio printing

    Raised Printing

    Move your finger along the note's surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    red and blue fibers

    Paper

    Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

    • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston seal

      Federal Reserve Bank Seal

      A black seal to the left of the portrait bears the name and corresponding letter of the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    • green Treasury seal

      Treasury Seal

      A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The design of the seal was changed to incorporate an English inscription and appears on all Federal Reserve notes of the 1969 series year or later. 

    • Washington's printed portrait

      Portrait and Vignette

      The $1 note features a portrait of George Washington on the front of the note and an image of the Great Seal of the United States on the back of the note.

    • a serial number

      Serial Numbers

      A combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

    intaglio printing

    Raised Printing

    Move your finger along the note's surface to feel the raised printing, which gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.

    red and blue fibers

    Paper

    Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers. 

    The $1 Federal Reserve note was issued in 1963, and its design—featuring President George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States—remains unchanged.

    George Washington

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    History

    $1 Note Life Cycle

    Before a Federal Reserve note enters circulation, it must pass through four critical steps: design, order, production, and issuance.

    • 2.17
      Billion Notes
      2018 FY Print Order
    • $12.1
      Billion
      2017 Value in Circulation
    • 5.8
      Years
      Estimated Lifespan