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$5

$5
 
Front of bill Back of bill
2008 - Present
A
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.

B
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.

C
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.

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.

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.

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

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

Color

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

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.

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.

Purple 5

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

Treasury Seal

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

Serial Numbers

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

Series Year

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

  • 2008 - Present
    2008 - Present
    A
    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.

    B
    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.

    C
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

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

    Color

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

    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.

    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.

    Purple 5

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

    Treasury Seal

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

    Serial Numbers

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

    Series Year

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

  • 2000 - 2008
    2000 - 2008
    A
    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.

    B
    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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

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

    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.

    Green 5

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

    Treasury Seal

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

    Serial Numbers

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

  • 1993 - 2000
    1993 - 2000
    A
    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.

    B
    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

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

    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

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

    Paper

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

    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

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

  • 1914 - 1993
    1914 - 1993
    A
    Federal Reserve Bank Seal

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

    B
    Raised Printing

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

    C
    Paper

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

    D
    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.

    E
    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.

    F
    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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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
$14.2
Billion
2016 Value in Circulation
5.5
Years
Estimated Lifespan

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