5 dollar bill front
    5 dollar bill front
    5 dollar bill back
    left side 5 watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of three numeral 5s to the left of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    blue five dollar security thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 5 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    right side 5 watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of a large numeral 5 in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    • black Federal Reserve System seal

      Federal Reserve System Seal

      A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System. A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    • small text saying five dollars

      Microprinting

      Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text FIVE DOLLARS repeated inside the left and right borders of the note, E PLURIBUS UNUM at the top of the shield within the Great Seal, and USA repeated in between the columns of the shield. On the back of the note the text USA FIVE appears along one edge of the large purple numeral 5.

    • printing on Lincoln's forehead

      Raised Printing

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

    • paper fibers with printed stars

      paper

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

    • purple banknote images

      Color

      The center of the note is light purple, blending to gray near the edges.

    • Lincoln portrait closeup

      Portrait and Vignette

      The $5 note features a portrait of President Lincoln on the front of the note and a vignette of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the note.

    • purple Bald Eagle

      Symbol of Freedom

      The Great Seal of the United States, featuring an eagle and shield, is printed in purple to the right of the portrait of President Lincoln. An arc of purple stars surrounds the portrait and The Great Seal.

    • large purple 5

      Purple 5

      A large purple numeral 5 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

    • Treasury Seal on the five

      Treasury Seal

      A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    • serial number below green seal

      Serial Numbers

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

    • series 2006 on five dollar

      Series Year

      The design includes series years 2006, 2009, and 2013.

    left side 5 watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of three numeral 5s to the left of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    blue five dollar security thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 5 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    right side 5 watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of a large numeral 5 in the blank space to the right of the portrait. The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    5 dollar bill front
    5 dollar bill front
    5 dollar bill back
    blue 5 security thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA FIVE and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Lincoln watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Lincoln in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    • black Federal Reserve seal

      Federal Reserve System Seal

      A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System.  A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.

    • five dollar microprinting

      Microprinting

      Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words FIVE DOLLARS inside the left and right borders of the note and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the lower edge of the portrait’s oval frame. 

    • tactile print

      Raised Printing

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

    • currency paper fibers

      Paper

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

    • numeral five in green

      Green 5

      A large green numeral 5 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

    • Treasury Seal

      Treasury Seal

      A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    • Serial Numbers

      Serial Numbers

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

    blue 5 security thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the portrait.  The thread is imprinted with the text USA FIVE and a small flag in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note.  The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Lincoln watermark

    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of President Lincoln in the blank space to the right of the portrait.  The image is visible from both sides of the note.

    1993 - 2000 - Front
    1993 - 2000 - Front
    1993 - 2000 - Back
    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the Federal Reserve Bank seal. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the word FIVE in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Microprinting

    Microprinting

    Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

    • Federal Reserve Bank 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.

    • Treasury Seal

      Treasury Seal

      A seal to the right of the portrait which is printed in the same green ink color as the serial numbers.

    • Raised 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.

    • Paper

      Paper

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

    • Portrait and Vignette

      Portrait and Vignette

      The $5 note features a portrait of President Lincoln on the front of the note and a vignette of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the note.

    • Serial Numbers

      Serial Numbers

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

    Security Thread

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the left of the Federal Reserve Bank seal. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the word FIVE in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Microprinting

    Microprinting

    Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed words THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the outer edge of the portrait’s oval frame.

    1914 - 1993 -front
    1914 - 1993 -front
    1914 - 1993 -back
    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

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

    Raised 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.

    Paper

    Paper

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

    Portrait and Vignette

    Portrait and Vignette

    The $5 note features a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature the Lincoln Memorial.

    Treasury Seal

    Treasury Seal

    A 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.

    Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers

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

    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

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

    Raised 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.

    Paper

    Paper

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

    Portrait and Vignette

    Portrait and Vignette

    The $5 note features a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln on the front of the note.  The vignette on the back of the note changed in 1929 to feature the Lincoln Memorial.

    Treasury Seal

    Treasury Seal

    A 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.

    Serial Numbers

    Serial Numbers

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

    The $5 note features subtle background colors of light purple and gray, and includes an embedded security thread that glows blue when illuminated by UV light. Two watermarks are featured in the $5 note, and they are visible from both sides of the note when held to light. Look for a vertical pattern of three numeral 5s to the left of the portrait and a large numeral 5 located in the blank space to the right of the portrait.

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    Watermark

    Hold the note to light and look for a faint image of a large numeral 5 in the blank space to the right of the portrait and a faint image of three numeral 5s to the left of the portrait. The images are visible from both sides of the note.

    Security Thread

    Hold the note to light to see an embedded thread running vertically to the right of the portrait. The thread is imprinted with the letters USA and the numeral 5 in an alternating pattern and is visible from both sides of the note. The thread glows blue when illuminated by ultraviolet light.

    Raised Printing

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

    Microprinting

    Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text FIVE DOLLARS repeated inside the left and right borders of the note, E PLURIBUS UNUM at the top of the shield within the Great Seal, and USA repeated in between the columns of the shield. On the back of the note the text USA FIVE appears along one edge of the large purple numeral 5.

    Downloads

    • Dollars in Detail guide

      Refer to this comprehensive guide for in-depth technical information on U.S. currency.

    • Play Money Coloring Sheets

      These printable coloring sheets of denominations $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, and $100 are intended for children, parents, and teachers.

    • Quick Reference Guide

      The Quick Reference Guide is a comprehensive resource on the security and design features of U.S. currency. This item unfolds and can be displayed next to a point of sale as an easy-to-use reference.

    • Multinote Booklet

      This 12-page booklet contains detailed information about the security and design features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

    • Multinote Poster

      This poster features the security features in the redesigned $100 note and those in the current-design $5, $10, $20, and $50 notes.

    • Know Your Money

      This comprehensive guide includes technical information on the security and design features of the current-design $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes.

    • $5 Note (2008-Present)

      Explore security and design features of the $5 note, issued 2008-present.

    • $5 Note (2000-2008)

      Explore security and design features of the $5 note, issued 2000-2008.

    • $5 Note (1993-2000)

      Explore security and design features of the $5 note, issued 1993-2000.

    • $5 Note (1914-1993)

      Explore security and design features of the $5 note, issued 1914-1993.

    History

    $5 Note Life Cycle

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

    • 825.6
      Million Notes
      2018 FY Print Order
    • $14.8
      Billion
      2017 Value in Circulation
    • 5.5
      Years
      Estimated Lifespan